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.