The passion that drove a local hero to international fame
Local hero profiled:
North Sydney Living published this article about my biography of the local hero who took the pain centre at Royal North Shore Hospital to international fame for its leadership in pain management. The biography, Breaking through the pain barrier. The extraordinary life of Dr Michael J. Cousins, explores what made Australia’s father of pain medicine tick, and what set him ticking. It portrays Dr Michael Cousins’ dreams, trials and tribulations, Eureka moments and moral choices.
A perfect Father’s Day gift, the biography is the gripping story of a North Shore doctor driven by compassion, a sense of wonder about the science of pain medicine, and a compulsion to right a wrong—the poor treatment of severe pain. An adventure of the human spirit, Breaking through the pain barrier will take your dad on a rocky rollercoaster ride from the horrific moment that triggered Michael Cousins’ decision to dedicate his life to improving the treatment of pain; through his struggles, disappointments and victories, to his retirement in 2018 after placing Royal North Shore Hospital on the map as one of the world’s leading centres of excellence in pain management.