International Neuromodulation Society President Marc Russo, MBBS DA (UK) FANZCA FFPMANZCA, has reviewed Hawkeye’s biography about the charity Painaustralia’s founder, Dr. Michael Cousins, Breaking the Pain Barrier: The Extraordinary Life of Dr Michael J Cousins, which was written by Dr. Cousins’ patient, Gabriella Kelly-Davies.
Dr. Russo writes:
“Frankly I view this book as a compulsory presence in any pain departmental library. There are so few books that detail the progress of a profession and this one does so through the lens of one extraordinary man in a very readable and eloquent fashion.”
“This book is a comprehensive biography of Michael Cousins, an INS Giant of Neuromodulation and the doyen of Pain Medicine in Australia.
“It charts his story from a young lad to medical school then residency and then his fellowships overseas and his subsequent return to Australia and the setting up of two internationally renowned pain clinics and then his work in neuromodulation and his work with IASP amongst other things.”
Insights into the trials and tribulations of success
“I found this a fascinating read, not only because I know Michael but because it gives many insights in the trials and tribulations of what it takes to achieve great things and gives a behind the scenes look at things that are not apparent to the casual observer or indeed mutual colleague.
“There are useful lessons in this book for many of us not the least of which is the value of dogged persistence.”
“I especially enjoyed reading of Michael’s interactions with John J Bonica as well as other luminaries.
“The book gives a fascinating insight into the world of pain and neuromodulation in the 1970s and 1980s, a time unknown to most of us who aren’t elder statespersons.”
High praise for this book
“I strongly recommend this book to INS members and frankly I view it as a compulsory presence in any pain departmental library.
“There are so few books that detail the progress of a profession and this one does so through the lens of one extraordinary man in a very readable and eloquent fashion.”