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In the summer of 2013 Louis took up his ‘sitting down’ hobby – writing. With his usual enthusiasm he worked from dawn until dusk and committed all his thoughts, ideas and words to this book. His 3 courses The Clinical Biology of Aches and Pains, The Nerve Root and Graded Exposure are updated and expanded and finally put to paper. There were hiccups on the way but this project was a joy. It helped to keep him alive. Louis did a word count in January 2014 – 450,000! A tome – even he was surprised. But he always wanted his words to be three smaller books that could be easily picked up and held by the reader. Together they make the whole and hopefully link together logically and easily.
I promised Louis I would publish everything but I do claim all the mistakes.
‘These books have been written with the same spirit and sentiments as my lectures were delivered. I hope you have as much fun reading them as I have had writing them’
Louis Gifford MApplSc FCSP
‘Louis Gifford Aches and Pains are truly fantastic. I cannot recall any other textbooks that cover the subject of pain with such an overarching, integrated depth of knowledge, clarity and honesty – a true biopsychosocial masterpiece!’
Steve Robson MCSP
‘I think these books are a fitting legacy to Louis and will continue the already huge impact he has made in ensuring that patients all over the world are treated more wisely and with more respect because of the ideas and insights he offers in them. Ideas he gives freely and generously without a hint of self-importance or ego.’
Mick Thacker FCSP
(For every book sold a donation will be made to Prostate Cancer UK)