Acknowledgments

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

  • My NHS Hand Therapist Jill Gillespie, who not only has drawn the illustrations and supplied the hand therapy instructions, but also has been a wonderful supportive colleague over the past few years as well as being an outstanding therapist.
  • 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 Hand Therapist at Circle Reading Hospital is Cathy Cronin, offering a comprehensive upper limb physiotherapy service.
  • 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. My NHS secretary at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Gill Bloor has just started and is settling in fantastically.
  • Finally I must recognise my wife, Helen who has always been there when I needed her.