Down English Memory lanes

Just back from three great weeks in England, visiting our special families, as described in my last blog. I took the opportunity to reconnect with several friends from the (very) distant past, and cannot resist sharing them with you. Joe Clayton and I met 60 years ago, in 1957, when we both represented Cambridge UniversityContinue Reading

Three weeks with families and friends in England

  Just back from enjoying time in England with family and some old friends. First the family highlights. Great to be with the whole Cotton family (Andy, Fiona, Alex, Charlotte and Issy) again in Bury St Edmunds          Busy as always with horses and singing.      We helped Alex celebrate her 16thContinue Reading

Two new medical publications

A survey of credentialing for ERCP in the United States https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gie.2017.03.1530 How much pain relief do patients expect after cholecystectomy? http://em.rdcu.be/wf/click?upn=KP7O1RED-2BlD0F9LDqGVeSMQmWdTq9BpXT-2FFE5lpsKp0-3D_RLjM3EiP19d2W-2BRyiC55StGEdECkMlY3fp4OuMSsuV6A6CyvAgFp7ZpI71eXSVN2jI7O7AlSUceKnPqeNH05tsIaS6TUlFcZUFcc82Z80Z5VbaXFsA09PjLjhtEe0RRGCSF7-2Br0mpAtjZLf3-2BCqRlUWCZXCeTVOR0tdfgf-2FUnxlDoZFCjoXduHYaRfC78Yn6u7-2FIfclrP4UR3k-2F70kMc9ivF2ILxjcv3eAlzsMDmdmD1T5th86GcjvyHrAB6rUxWVfKUA7wYX-2FzPVerSDDRR-2BQ-3D-3D

You’re (still) looking well

Having recently enjoyed meeting several people that I hadn’t seen for years, I was again struck by how often they said “you’re looking well”. I wrote about this 5 years ago: “That is nice of course, but it carries an undertone of surprise, and the suggestion that perhaps you should not be well, or stillContinue Reading

Family summer on Dewees

Nothing can be finer than to be in Carolina, especially when all the family come to stay. We are lucky to live on Dewees Island, a barrier island just north of Charleston, SC, a15 minute ferry from the Isle of Palms.               We look over Lake Timacau to theContinue Reading

Pine Valley golf

Andy and I were kindly invited last week, by fellow gastroenterologist Jay DiMarino of Thomas Jefferson University hospital, to play golf at Pine Valley. The course is consistently ranked number one in the world! A real treat to play with Jay and his son Michael. Not ostentatious or fancy, just a pure golf experience. Great course,Continue Reading

Enhancing quality in GI health care

  How do you/we choose from all those who wish to serve us, whether restauranteurs, plumbers or doctors? How do we know which or who is good, or even excellent? Locally we can rely on our own experience and the recommendations of friends. But it is more difficult away from home. Some things like restaurantsContinue Reading

A National Health system in USA?

The current bizarre health care “discussions” in Washington prompt me to comment. I grew up with, and served in, the National Health Service in Britain. When initiated in 1947 it was relatively inexpensive, since medical care was much less complex and most people died soon after retirement, if not before. The funding did not keep upContinue Reading

I don’t often sing, but….

I think I was selected for the choir at school for my looks rather than my voice. Indeed, I was asked to open and close my mouth , but try not to let any sounds out My reluctance to sing ever since was finally overcome during an emotional celebration of our 25th wedding anniversary at ourContinue Reading

Fred and friends go to the beach!

Delighted to announce that the 5th book about Fred the friendly snake is now published. Jack the boy’s Dad comes home from a trip and takes the whole family with Fred, Bernadette, Jungle Jim and all the animals on the ferry to Dewees island, where I live. They have a great time, but had aContinue Reading