Dewees islander, golfer, traveller, lucky husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, author of medical and children’s books, professor and gastroenterologist, MUSC, Charleston, SC, USA

About Me

Having semi-retired, I now have more time to reflect on my many blessings. Topping the list are my wonderful family and dozens of close friends around the world.

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Follow Fred the Snake on his wonderful adventures and mishaps in the city as he learns lessons and makes friends.


My 60 year medical career focused on a procedure called ERCP. I am now semi-retired but still involved with MUSC and medical research.


Blog Posts

These intermittent ramblings are aimed at my special family, and friends all over the world. I hope that some of them entertain. Comments welcome

Wonderful New Zealand

My recent ramble about friends “down under” reflected on my good fortune to have past trainees who have been kind enough to entertain us in Australia. A related medical connection[…]

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Fred book reviews maybe?

Hopefully some of my readers have come across my children’s books about Fred the friendly snake and his friends. There are now 8 of them at Here are the[…]

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With close friends “down under”

One of the joys of a lifetime in academic medicine is the privelege of mentoring bright young people and watching them grow into productive careers. In my case that has[…]

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Recent Book Reviews

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When Fred the Snake Goes to School by Peter B. Cotton is a charming story about a snake who goes to school and wins the hearts of everybody there.  The story also helps children realize that not all snakes are poisonous and harmful; some can be friendly too, like Fred.  Bonnie Lemaire’s illustrations breathe life into the author’s words and give good action and movement to the story, making it exciting for young readers. The story has loads of appeal and children will enjoy going to school with Fred and the little boy, having fun with them and their adventures.  When Fred the Snake Goes to School but Peter B. Cotton is good for storytelling and read-aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries.

Readers Favorite 5-Star Awards

August 2020

When Fred the Snake Goes to School is such a delightful storybook for young children.  Peter B. Cotton’s novella is written as a story in a poem format with rhymes that are well structured and amusing.  It was originally created for the author’s children and is now read to his grandkids.  The book cover is nice, but the illustrations inside are even lovelier, brightly colored, and show the characters engaged in each activity.  Fred is an adorable snake who charmed the teacher, and James is a caring pet owner.  This is a great novella that teachers will enjoy reading to their students and parents will like too.

Readers Favorite 5-star Awards

August 2020

This is a good story book if you’ve got a little one that struggles to follow the rules or if you’re just trying to explain what the rules are. The story shows why it’s so important as well, because your children can understand how much it must hurt poor Fred to be squished by a car.

Samantha Dewitt (Rivera) 

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4 Stars

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