Dorcas and Rita

A special reunion recently. Dorcas Chapman visited us from England and met up with Rita Oden/Koisch in Mount Pleasant, SC. They served and survived as my personal secretaries for a grand total of 40 years, Dorcas at St Thomas’s and The Middlesex in England 1970-86 and then Rita at Duke and MUSC until retiring in…
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Lecture at St Thomas’s June 3rd

ooops, postponed Just in case anyone may be interested, I will be giving a talk for a Cancer Charity at St Thomas’s Hosptal in London at 6 pm on June 3rd. It will be a tour through my 50 years of GI endoscopy. This is the invitation The evening is in support of the Pelican…
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Update on Fred the Snake books

Some exciting developments. Since teaming up with Bublish ( we have revamped Freds 1-3 and 5, and are just completing changes to Fred 4 (adding other sights around Charleston). All in hardback, softback and ebooks. Available at decent stores and (signed) at Selling childrens books is tough. There are so many excellent ones on…
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Goodbye to a special friend, Margaret Gunn

I first met Margaret in 1960, wow 60 years ago, when Paddy and I set up as newlyweds in a flat in Balham, London, prior to my starting clinical studies at St Thomas’s Hospital. Margaret and her sister Elizabeth lived downstairs with their lovely parents. They became surrogate family, especially to Paddy while I was…
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Holiday greetings

Hello all, Reflecting on a great year, and looking forward to 2020. Wow 2020! I remember worrying about surviving 1984 (George Orwell’s book The Animal Farm), and how the electronic world would collapse on January 1st 2000. And now 20 years on! I have written on this blog about many of our adventures this year,…
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A giant- Meinhard Classen – has fallen.

I just received the sad news that Meinhard Classen has passed at the age of 83. It is not possible to overstate his impact on the field of flexible endoscopy and gastroenterology, which have framed my career and passion. He was an inspiration to me and many other Brits in the early days when we…
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From Indian inspiration to Middlesex memories (and dodging Dorian)

Sorry, me again, but it has been an eventful week. From Hyderabad I flew overnight to London, and went, after a BA shower and breakfast, to attend a celebration of The Middlesex Hospital, at University College. I was on the staff of The Middlesex from 1973-1986 as a Consultant Physician (Internist in US speak) “with…
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Highs in Hyderabad

This one is for fellow gastroenterologists (stomach doctors). I have just returned from a brief visit to Hyderabad, participating in an endoscopy conference at the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology (AIG) hosted by its famous founder, Nagi Reddy, and his surgical partner, GV Rao. I was privileged to join an impressive international faculty Having experienced many…
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Summer fun photos

New GI and Hepatology conference

For anyone interested, the next annual MUSC Gastroenterology and Hepatology update will be held here in Charleston on Saturday September 28. Here is the brochure