The BMA Student Textbook Award
Hoffbrand's Essential Haematology. 7th Edition
A Victor Hoffbrand and Paul AH Moss
Published by Wiley-Blackwell, 2015 (ISBN: 9781118408674 £45.99)
Victor Hoffbrand is emeritus professor of haematology at University College, London.
Paul AH Moss is consultant haematologist at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.
This classic text explores the remarkable advances in the understanding of the pathogenesis of diseases of the blood and lymphatic system and in the treatment of these diseases, and provides up-to-date knowledge of the pathogenesis, clinical and laboratory features, management and treatment of a wide range of blood and bone marrow disorders in a concise and user friendly style. It outlines the basic principles of clinical and laboratory haematology and shows how manifestations of blood diseases can be explained by new knowledge of the disease processes.
It was reviewed by Dr Joel Newman, a haematology consultant at Eastbourne District General Hospital who wrote: "This book strikes a good balance between not dumbing down haematology, which is becoming increasingly complex, and managing to explain the subjects in a clear and concise manner. It is clearly up-to-date and includes recent advances. There are a number of textbooks looking to teach undergraduates haematology, but many of them gloss over the complexities of haematology whereas this book does not shy from the detail and seeks to make it accessible. It also makes good use of explanatory diagrams, images and tables. Its main strength is its clarity of explanation, without underestimating the knowledge of the reader and their desire to learn more about the subject. This is a good quality textbook which makes learning the subject much easier. Well done in making haematology more accessible!"
The BMA Illustrated Book Award
Atlas of the Human Brain. 4th Edition
by Jürgen K Mai, Milan Majtanik and George Paxinos.
Published by Elsevier/Academic Press, 2015 (ISBN: 9780128028001 £131.75)
This book presents the anatomy of the brain at macroscopic and microscopic levels, featuring different aspects of brain morphology and topography. This greatly enlarged new edition provides the most detailed and accurate delineations of brain structure available.
Jürgen Konrad Mai studied medicine in Freiburg, Germany, Vienna and UT Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, U.S.A. After a period as GP in private practice (Titisee-Neustadt) he became scientific assistant and senior assistant at the C. and O. Vogt-Institute for Brain Research, University of Düsseldorf (1972 - 1983) and 1983 Professor of Neuroanatomy at the Institute of Neuroanatomy, H.-Heine-University of Düsseldorf
Milan Majtanik received his diploma in neuropsychology and training in neuroinformatics from the University of Bochum. He completed his diploma in mathematics and his PhD in psychology at the University of Düsseldorf. He currently works at MR-X-Brain GmbH Dusseldorf.
Professor George Paxinos, AO completed his BA at The University of California at Berkeley, his PhD at McGill University, and spent a postdoctoral year at Yale University. He is currently at the Neuroscience Research Australia and the University of New South Wales in Sydney.
It was reviewed by Dr Alisdair McNeill, senior clinical fellow in genetics at the University of Sheffield who commented that “this is a well-presented atlas with beautiful illustrations. It is a comprehensive and very well-illustrated macroscopic and microscopic atlas of human brain.”
BMA Young Authors Award
Practical Medical Procedures at a Glance
by Rachel K Thomas
Published by Wiley-Blackwell, 2015 (ISBN: 9781118632857 £25.99)
Rachel Thomas is a junior doctor in orthopaedics and trauma working in London.
This At a Glance book covers all the practical procedures required of UK medical students, foundation doctors and other medical students worldwide. It provides a vital introduction and quick reference to support clinical skills sessions and ward placements giving clear explanations of each skill.
BMA Council Chair's Choice (chosen by Dr Mark Porter)
Enhancing Surgical Performance: A Primer in Non-technical Skills
by Rhona Flin, George G Youngson and Steven Yule
Published by CRC Press, 2015 (ISBN: 9781482246322 £49.99)
Rhona Flin is professor emerita at the School of Psychology, University of Aberdeen.
George G. Youngson is emeritus professor of paediatric surgery at the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital and University of Aberdeen.
Steven Yule is assistant professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA.
It explains why non-technical skills are vital for safe and effective performance in the operating theatre. The book provides a full account, with supporting empirical evidence, of the Non-Technical Skills for Surgeons (NOTSS) system and behavioural rating framework, which helps identify the key elements involved in successful operative surgery. The editors spent the last twelve years as part of the team developing and testing the NOTSS system and delivering presentations and workshops across the world. Readers will benefit by having, in one accessible handbook, a description of the NOTSS system and how it can be used for training, assessment, self-reflection and event analysis. The book also examines human error, performance limitations, and global safety initiatives in surgery. Because it encourages surgeons to reflect on their own performance and behaviour, it is suitable for surgeons in all specialties and at all levels.
It was reviewed by Mr Abdul Basit, locum consultant breast surgeon, University Hospitals of North Midlands who commented: ‘this book explores a new dimension in the operating theatre environment: it is therefore a unique book.’
BMA President's Award (chosen by Sir Al Aynsley-Green)
Parental Psychiatric Disorder. 3rd Edition
by Andrea Reupert, Darryl Maybery, Joanne Nicholson, Michael Göpfert and Mary V Seeman
Published by Cambridge University Press, 2015 (ISBN: 9781107070684 £69.99)
Andrea Reupert is an associate professor and director of the Krongold Centre, Faculty of Education, Monash University, Victoria.
Darryl Maybery, PhD, is associate professor and director of the Department of Rural and Indigenous Health, Monash University, Victoria.
Joanne Nicholson is professor of psychiatry at the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center, The Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth.
Michael Göpfert is a psychiatrist at the University of Liverpool.
Mary V. Seeman is professor emerita, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto.
This book presents an innovative approach to thinking about and working with families where a parent has a mental illness. This new edition presents the current state of knowledge in this critically important field. Issues around prevalence, stigma and systems theory provide a foundation for the book, which offers new paradigms for understanding mental illness in families.
It was reviewed by Dr K Valsraj consultant psychiatrist and associate clinical director for the East London NHS Foundation Trust East One who praised it as ”a one stop reading for [with] an innovative approach to thinking about and working with families where a parent has a mental illness.”
Immediate BMA past president Professor Sir Al Aynsley-Green Kt commented: “'Think adult, think child' is a key philosophy for practitioners managing illnesses in parents that are likely to impact on the children in the family. In other words, they should ask routinely 'what are the effects of this adult's illness on the children in the family?' With the soaring impact of adult mental and emotional ill health on clinical services and on society generally this outstanding book is timely in addressing a neglected area in a comprehensive yet practical way. It should be mandatory reading for trainees and practitioners in all professional disciplines in mental health services and in primary care as well as in child health. I commend it unreservedly.”
BMA Reviewer of the Year
This award, given to recognise the hard work of our voluntary reviewers, was given to Dr Sunil Upadhyay, consultant clinical oncologist at the Queen's Centre for Oncology and Haematology, Castle Hill Hospital, Hull.