Acknowledgments

Charles is indebted to the following colleagues, friends and family:

  • Jill Gillespie, who has drawn the illustrations and supplied the hand therapy instructions.
  • My hand therapists particulary Julia Vermaat and Jessica Riddy for my NHS patients and Richard Forbes and Alun Mitchell for my private patients.
  • John Mackenzie, Consultant Anaesthetist who works with me both at the Royal Berkshire Hospital but also privately. He has developed a particular skill in regional anaesthesia and pain management.
  • My American friend David L Nelson MD has proved to be a source of invaluable information and his enthusiasm is infective. His website provided me with considerable inspiration.
  • I would like to acknowledge my original mentor in hand surgery Peter Burge, Consultant Hand Surgeon (at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford) for his support, encyclopaedic mind and sound judgement.
  • I am indebted to all the people who I work with in all the different departments.
  • My private secretary, Edwina Butler has provided steadfast consistency over the years making my private practice a joy.
  • Finally I must recognise my wife, Helen who has always been there when I needed her.