Category: Medical

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South Africa part three – CapeTown

After the wonderful week in the game parks with family, Marion and I headed to CapeTown, where I was to be visiting professor at Groote Schuur hospital. We splurged by arriving on the famous Blue Train from Pretoria. 36 hours of pampering, with great (too much) food. The landscape was rather monotonous until the mountainous…
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Our EPISOD research project finishes after 9 years.

  This one is medical, but I will try to make it intelligible. EPISOD stands for “Evaluating Predictors and Interventions in Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction”. That pesky sphincter described by Mr Oddi is the valve that controls the flow of juices from the liver and pancreas into the small intestine (duodenum). If it overacts it…
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Honoring my best old friend

I went to visit Dick McCray this week. Sadly he is unwell. We met first in 1971 in New York. I was on my first trip to USA, traveling across west to east on my way back to England after spending 3 weeks in Japan looking at and learning a breakthrough technique that became known…
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Wow! Messages from 45 years ago

Amazing emails last week, from Sue and Judy, who helped me get started on my endoscopy career. Around 1970 I was running a small GI endoscopy service at St Thomas’s Hospital in London (although still officially in training). There were few resources and no one knew how it would all blossom into a huge industry.…
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Five years already!

My recent posts have been mainly about my books, now 5 about Fred the friendly snake, and my memoirs, “The tunnel at the end of the light”. The latter tells about my career as a gastroenterologist (a specialist who helps patients to get square meals through round holes). I am reminded that I stopped doing…
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Down memory lane at The Middlesex Hospital

In London in January for a wander down memory lane    

Signing books in China

I was invited to China to attend the 30th anniversary of the Chinese Society of Digestive Endoscopy and to launch the Chinese version of my memoirs “The tunnel at the end of the light”. This had been arranged by Professor Zhaoshen Li, at the second military Medical college in Shanghai. The meeting was in Nanchang,…
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