We recently sat down with Dr Matt Piccaver, author of Sheldon Press’s October Release Everything your gp doesn’t have time to tell you about… arthritis, and asked him a few questions about him and his new book.
Hi Matt! Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Dr Matt Piccaver, I’m a GP based in East Anglia. I spend most of my days in clinic, but when not there write for a number of local and national publications, and occasionally appear on TV and radio.
What is the big idea you want to share in your book?
I wanted to share a little more information about arthritis. There are around 9 million or so people with the condition in the UK, and millions globally. There are hundreds of different types, and I see someone with arthritis several times a day in clinic. I spend a lot of time sharing the same messages and information, so thought I’d write a book to help people gain a greater understanding of the condition.
Who is this book for?
This book is for everyone who aches, creaks and crunches, or makes that strange sighing noise when they sit down. You know the one. It’s for those of us who think we might have arthritis, and those who know they do.
Why did you write this book?
I decided to write this book really to give people a little more information on the disease. We can get all knowledge anytime we like, but it’s often difficult to know what we can trust. I’ve written based on my experience as a doctor, but also used the latest scientific understanding on the condition. As a GP we don’t get long to see you. Ten minutes to listen, diagnose and treat is not very long, and hopefully this book will go someway to helping people understand more about arthritis.
What one thing do you think everyone needs to know about arthritis?
The one thing people need to know? There’s always something that can be done to help.
What’s next from you?
What’s next from me? Well, I was going to have a coffee. I’ve got a few book ideas I’m working on at the moment, as well as the day job and family that keep me very busy.
You can preorder via Amazon