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Dorcas and Rita

A special reunion recently. Dorcas Chapman visited us from England and met up with Rita Oden/Koisch in Mount Pleasant, SC. They served and survived as my personal secretaries for a grand total of 40 years, Dorcas at St Thomas’s and The Middlesex in England 1970-86 and then Rita at Duke and MUSC until retiring in…
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Lecture at St Thomas’s June 3rd

Just in case anyone may be interested, I will be giving a talk for a Cancer Charity at St Thomas’s Hosptal in London at 6 pm on June 3rd. It will be a tour through my 50 years of GI endoscopy. This is the invitation The evening is in support of the Pelican Cancer Foundation…
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A giant- Meinhard Classen – has fallen.

I just received the sad news that Meinhard Classen has passed at the age of 83. It is not possible to overstate his impact on the field of flexible endoscopy and gastroenterology, which have framed my career and passion. He was an inspiration to me and many other Brits in the early days when we…
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From Indian inspiration to Middlesex memories (and dodging Dorian)

Sorry, me again, but it has been an eventful week. From Hyderabad I flew overnight to London, and went, after a BA shower and breakfast, to attend a celebration of The Middlesex Hospital, at University College. I was on the staff of The Middlesex from 1973-1986 as a Consultant Physician (Internist in US speak) “with…
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Highs in Hyderabad

This one is for fellow gastroenterologists (stomach doctors). I have just returned from a brief visit to Hyderabad, participating in an endoscopy conference at the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology (AIG) hosted by its famous founder, Nagi Reddy, and his surgical partner, GV Rao. I was privileged to join an impressive international faculty Having experienced many…
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New GI and Hepatology conference

For anyone interested, the next annual MUSC Gastroenterology and Hepatology update will be held here in Charleston on Saturday September 28. Here is the brochure http://ddc.musc.edu/professional/education/conferences/gi-hep-update/gi-hep-update_2019_brochure.pdf

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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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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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