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Down memory lanes to 80…part four, back to England

Nicky kindly collected us at Heathrow, and took us to Andy’s at Bury St Edmunds, with a brief stop to see Margaret Gunn (AKA “Kins”). She was a teenager in the house in Balham where Paddy and I rented a flat in 1970, and has remained a staunch family friend ever since. A wonderful 80th…
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Down memory lanes to 80…part three, in Ireland

We had 2 days in Dublin, staying at the Hibernian Club on St Stephen’s Green, meeting up with special Australian friends, Tim and Susy Heap from Sydney, and Tony and Michelle Clarke from Canberra. Readers of my previous meanderings will have met them before. The club had well placed security boxes in the rooms, with…
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Down memories lanes to 80….part two, England

The meeting at Stoke on Trent was an update for regional gastroenterologists doing ERCP procedures, well organized by Shrisha Hebbar, who I first met and admired when teaching with him in Capetown. We were joined in Stoke for the next part of the trip by Linda Wier, a special friend from Augusta, Georgia. Shrisha kindly…
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Quiet but not idle

For anyone who might have been concerned about our radio silence for the last 6 months, be reassured that all is well and indeed rather busy. We had our regular visit to Australia and New Zealand again in February/March. A highlight later in March was our annual meeting of the Dewees Island Property owners, where…
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Down memory lanes to 80…part one, Wales

Just back from a month in Wales, England and Ireland, celebrating a very big birthday, with family and friends. I chose to revisit some favorite haunts from my past, starting in west Wales. My parents built a small holiday home (which they named “Campions”- a local flower) a long time ago, in Noltonhaven on St…
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Reunions in Australia and New Zealand 2019

One of the joys of academic medicine is keeping up with prior trainees and colleagues, and admiring their own upward journeys. I am lucky to have alumni in many countries. Marion and I were glad to catch up with friends in Australia and New Zealand in February/March, where it is late summer/early fall, and certainly…
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New year, new look

Three months since I last vented, but no lack of activity, not least, as you may have noticed, a revamp of this website, thanks to Amy. Hope you like it. Spread the word 2018 was a great year for us. Here is our holiday letter, for those who did not receive it already (or ignored…
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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 a stone. The problem comes when trying to relieve pain when it has no identifiable and fixable cause. Many patients with headaches or back pains…
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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 minimally invasive treatments, using endoscopes through the mouth or anus to manage clinical problems that previously required open surgery. While the endoscopes themselves were well…
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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 take care when crossing the street. But venturing out across the street is a dangerous activity for any little one, which turns into a problem…
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