Category: Family

Royal and famous patients 5. A confused politician

I was about to perform an endoscopy procedure on a prominent member of the British cabinet who was known to enjoy a drink or two, who, also like Churchill, had changed political party allegiances several times over his career. When I asked him to turn onto his left side, he turned to the right. He…
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Royal and famous patients 4. Movie stars

Although working in the National Health Service at The Middlesex hospital in London, I (like many) had to run a small private practice on the side to survive. I learned a lesson rather early from one patient who claimed to be a famous film star in his country in (or next to) the Mediterranean. He…
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Royal and famous patients 3. A royal stone

This story starts with a phone call in May 1994 from the embassy of an oil-rich country in the Middle East. “We want you to come and treat an important person. I have arranged for a plane to collect you tomorrow. Bring any assistants and equipment that you need. Would that be convenient?” Hell no,…
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Royal and famous patients 2. Gold watches

In the early 1980s the gulf countries had a lot of oil money but very few health resources. As a result, many patients came to London (and Germany) for treatment. They were certainly welcomed by those with private practices in Harley Street and elsewhere, including me. For a while I was the primary contact for…
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Website changes and new blogs

Some time ago you kindly subscribed to my website http://petercottontales.com. That URL has been transferred to a new site which deals only with my children’s books about Fred the Snake. This new site http://drpetercotton.com is designed to accomodate my other personal and medical interests and general blogs. I recently posted 4 blogs about my journey…
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Around the world 50 years ago. Part 4 USA

My first impressions of USA were very positive. Planes could not then fly directly from Japan to USA, so I was forced to spend a day in Honolulu, mostly on sunny Waikiki beach, watching bikinis throw frisbees. The contrast from the grey (often raining) constrained Japan was impressive, and was further emphasized next day when…
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Around the world 50 years ago. Part 3 Japan

I arrived in Tokyo at last on  May  23rd. For my non-medical readers (if there are any, I thank you), I should explain again that my reason for being in Japan was to explore their progress in the development and use of flexible fiberoptic endoscopes to examine the human guts (esophagus, stomach and intestines, small…
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Around the world 50 years ago. Part 2: India, Bangkok, Hong Kong

Thanks to those who read and commented on part 1, our stay in Iran. The family returned to England on May 15th, and I got ready to go to Japan. I had some time to spare, so planned to see a few places on my way. My first thought was to fly to Moscow and…
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Around the world 50 years ago

Like many people I imagine, I have spent spare Covid time sorting old photos and memorabilia. I came across my battered journal of my journey around the world from (almost) 50 years ago. No doubt you would like to hear all about it…… I was in my final years of specialist training in gastroenterology with…
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Fred the snake takes his friends camping

A change of plan for Fred the Snake book 6. Rather than touring USA sights as we thought recently, Fred the friendly snake has decided to go camping with Jim, Perdy and Jack, and a few of his animal friends. I can’t wait to see how Bonnie illustrates some of the adventures, like this one…
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