Peter Cotton is a semi-retired Professor of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston. He grew up in England, and graduated as a doctor in 1963 from Cambridge University and St. Thomas Hospital Medical School (London). He joined the faculty of the Middlesex Hospital and Medical School where he developed a new department integrating medical and surgical gastroenterology. His group pioneered many diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy procedures, particularly ERCP and was active in teaching. He attracted postgraduates from many countries. Peter left England in 1986 to become Professor of Medicine and Chief of Endoscopy at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA. He moved again to Charleston, South Carolina in 1994 to initiate the Digestive Disease Center at MUSC. Peter has been active in many National and International organizations and has given invited lectures and demonstrations in over 50 countries. His bibliography includes more than 900 medical publications and 17 medical textbooks.
His ramblings about Fred the snake started as a bedtime story for his kids to remind them how (not) to cross the road. When they had their kids, they asked what happened to Fred-Fred. Peter found a wonderful illustrator (Bonnie Lemaire) and published When Fred the Snake was Squished and Mended. This proved popular and he got on a roll, with now 6 books about Fred, managed by Bublish inc. After recovering from squishing, Fred went to school with the boy, received some friends from Jungle Jim, explored Charleston, went to the beach, and then went camping. The next book will have Fred touring the sights of USA. The books have been well reviewed and gained several awards including a Mom's choice gold medal. One reviewer said Move over Lewis Carroll!
Peter and Marion Cotton live on Dewees Island, SC. They are blessed with 4 children, 8 grands and 2 great grands. They enjoy family, friends, travel, wildlife and golf.
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