Author of children’s books about Fred the friendly snake, Dewees islander, golfer, traveller, proud husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, Professor and gastroenterologist, MUSC, Charleston.

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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FRED THE SNAKE

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

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MEDICAL PUBLICATIONS

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

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Blog Posts

This blog is for our very special grandchildren: Alexandra, Charlotte and Isobelle Cotton; Perdita and Jack Richardson; Arrie B and Holly Mac Bowden; Benjamin Bakerand his son, our great-grandson, Zayden Baker.

Thinking about placebos, and healing. Thank you, Dad

  Patients and doctors want to know which treatments “really work”. That is not too difficult when dealing with something mechanical, like fixing a broken bone, stopping bleeding or removing[…]

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Our Apollo story…..we boldly went

In 1994, Rob Hawes and I joined the faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston, to found a multi-disciplinary Digestive Disease Center. We were both experts in[…]

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New reviews of Fred getting squished and mended

Reviewed By Samantha Dewitt (Rivera) for Readers’ Favorite Review Rating: 4 Stars Poor Fred is not used to living in a city, and that means he doesn’t understand how to[…]

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Recent Book Reviews

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When Fred the Snake got Squished and Mended by Peter B. Cotton is a laugh-out-loud funny children’s story about a snake that suffers an accident after slithering into the street. Fred the Snake comes from the rainforest. Although he is just a young snake when he is sent to live with his young human friend, Fred remembers life in the forest and especially the Forest Code. As he gets older, Fred and his human friend go for a walk, but in his eagerness to explore and meet a new friend, poor Fred forgets the Forest Code, especially to look both ways.

Alyssa Elmore

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5 Stars

What a delightful surprise to find a gift box with your name on it. Seeing air holes punched in the sides made it excitingly obvious that there was an animal nestled inside, and the note from Jungle Jim indicated that there would be no puppy dog or kitty cat inside. In fact, lying there curled up within the box was a very exceptional snake, one named Fred.

Jack Magnus

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5 Stars

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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