Father’s Day is just around the corner, and it’s time to show your dad how much you love and appreciate him. Finding the perfect gift for your dad can be a daunting task, especially if you’re looking for something unique. If he is someone who enjoys stories of perseverance, triumph and making a difference, we have the perfect gift recommendation for you: Breaking through the Pain Barrier. The Extraordinary Life of Dr Michael J. Cousins, the biography of Australia’s father of pain medicine and a North Shore local.

Written by award-winning Kirribilli biographer Gabriella Kelly-Davies, Breaking through the Pain Barrier is a gripping adventure of the human spirit. It will take your dad on a rollercoaster journey through Michael Cousins’ life, sharing his struggles, triumphs and innovations as he shaped the world of pain medicine as we know it today.

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Michael Cousins in his home

If there’s one thing we know about our dads, it’s that they’re not afraid of a challenge. And Michael Cousins faced plenty of them as he battled with belligerent bureaucrats and financial constraints to build the highly acclaimed pain centre at Royal North Shore Hospital. What’s more, in 2010, his decades-long crusade to have access to pain management accepted as a universal human right succeeded, increasing the priority given to pain management within health systems internationally.

Breaking through the Pain Barrier shows how Michael Cousins’ compassion fuelled his resolve to ease pain and suffering. His biography is a testament to the power of determination and the ripple effect one dedicated individual can have to improve the lives of millions of people.

So, why is Breaking through the Pain Barrier the ideal gift for your dad this Father’s Day? It’s because the biography presents an electrifying tale of overcoming formidable challenges to make a positive difference in the world. This isn’t just a book; it’s an invitation to be inspired and to dream big. It’s a celebration of tenacity, passion and living life with a purpose that eclipses the norm.

Why not show your dad some love with a gift that will uplift and inspire him? This Father’s Day, grab a copy of Breaking through the Pain Barrier by heading to Hawkeye Publishing or Booktopia. Happy Father’s Day to all our extraordinary dads.

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