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Endoscopic poetry…really?

Extra “unallocated” time during the pandemic has allowed me to sift through, enjoy, organize (and trash) a lot of ancient files. One file yielded two old rhyming medical ramblings, which I share with you to enjoy (or trash). The primary medical journal in the field of Gastrointestinal endoscopy is called “Gastrointestinal Endoscopy” (duh) shortened to…
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My books for young children

Over 50 years ago I wrote a bedtime story for my then young children, Andy and Nicky, about how (not) to cross the road. By chance I have the original typed text, and show some exceprts When Andy and Nicky had their own children, they asked “what happened to Fred-Fred? That stimulated me to think…
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MUSC GI lectures restart Sept 15

Join us at 7am EST every Wednesday morning for our virtual GI Grand rounds Here is the link https://musccom.zoom.us/j/89646769345?pwd=UTZPVXZNOU01TWhrYnh0U3NFaCtadz09 And the schedule through October I should have mentioned that the distinguished speaker initially booked for Sept 15 had to cancel. You got me wandering down memory lane instead……

Did I mention tapestries?

Looking around our home I realised that we have many special tapestries/cross stitches that we treasure and I’d like to share. Made for us by family, friends (and a few purchased) Pride of place goes to my mother, Ruth, who made these two beauties for me about 60 years ago. The famous chapel at Kings…
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Your name is Peter Cotton? Really? What was your mother thinking?

I was 47 years old when I arrived in USA and discovered that I was named after a rabbit. I could not understand why shop people and others fell over laughing when I gave my name, and started singing about hopping along a bunny trail at Easter. But surely Beatrix Potter was English and wrote…
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The last time England beat Germany

England beat Germany at Football (US AKA Soccer) last week . The last time was just 55 years ago in 1966 in the final of the World Cup. I remember it well. I was trapped at that precise time at a fancy wedding reception in a large tent outside a posh house near London. No…
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MUSC GI Update conference Oct 9

Our postponed Annual GI and Hepatology conference will be held in person at the Mills House Hotel in Charleston on October 9 2021. We are celebrating the 50 years of the GI Division, and hope that many MUSC Alumni will register and attend. There is an “International virtual” option for overseas friends. Hope to see…
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Illustrating endoscopy 50 years ago

This story started with my left knee, which has troubled me intermittently for many years. Preparing for an appointment about it recently I thought that the new young specialist (they are all young now) might be interested to see my series of x-ray pictures from way back. Why am I telling you? I will explain.…
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Reflecting on and with Harold Hopkins

Who was Harold Hopkins? And why reflections? I will explain. Like most gastroenterologists, and countless patients, I am greatly in his debt. Hopkins was largely responsible for laying the groundwork for the development of “fibrescopes” (Englishspeak for fiberscopes), the flexible medical instruments like colonoscopes with which many of my readers (if there are any) will…
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Don’t give up your gall bladder too easily

Apologies to my medical readers, if any. This is all rather basic, but there is something to chew on towards the end. Surgical removal of the gall bladder is one of the commonest operations performed nowadays. Close to a million people undergo “cholecystectomy” every year in USA. There are several good indications for surgery, but…
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