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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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Flying on 9/11 again

At Charleston airport, en route to Shanghai, remembering 17 years ago, and our reflections at that time     Four days in September We were dozing on Delta 11, at 39,000 feet over the Atlantic, four hours out of Gatwick and about halfway back to Atlanta (we thought). Looking forward to getting home after 10…
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Help me with my books about Fred the friendly snake….please

Some know that I have written 5 books for children about Fred the friendly snake, beautifully illustrated by Bonnie Lemaire from Canada. They have won some awards, are popular locally, and with friends and family. In an attempt to broaden our scope, I have teamed up with Bublish (https://www.bublish.com/) a local company that publishes and promotes.…
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Fifty years of ERCP

In case you might like to read my recent review “Fifty years of ERCP”, here is the link https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1XN~p3mGpVzge

Gliding down memory lane aged 16

Seeing photos of granddaughter Alex, aged 16, taking a spin in a glider, heaved me back 60 plus years to my own gliding days. My dad became interested in gliding soon after the war, and it became a favorite family pastime. I camped out in primitive fashion, with my older brother and sister, John and Ann, at…
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I am still here…..

If I have any reader(s), thank you for your continuing kind attention. I hope that you have not been concerned about my silence for more than three months. We have been busy. We much enjoyed spending a week in England over Christmas. Many many thanks to Andy and Nicky and families for your excellent hospitality. As…
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