BMA rewards ‘high-quality’ medical authors’ submissions

by Jennifer Trueland

Books on health equity and globalisation, doctors’ mental health, and teenage drinking were among those celebrated in the 2021 BMA medical book awards.

Location: UK
Published: Friday 8 October 2021
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There were more than 900 entries for this year’s awards, which aim to recognise outstanding contributions to medical literature.

The BMA medical book of the year was chosen from the 14 category winners (see below for full list) by a specially convened judging panel, made up of the BMA’s chief officers and Parveen Kumar (pictured), chair of the BMA board of science.

The top prize was taken by Health Equity in a Globalizing Era: Past Challenges, Future Prospects, by Ronald Labonté and Arne Ruckert. Published by the Oxford University Press, the book presents new connections between aspects of globalisation and health equity, while acting as a guide to implementing policy solutions. This book also took top spot in the public health category.

The winner of the popular medicine category, The Brink of Being: Talking About Miscarriage, by Julia Bueno, was the overall runner-up.

Take pride

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The awards ceremony, which was held virtually, was co-chaired by Latifa Patel, interim chair of the BMA representative body and Sarah Hallett, chair of the junior doctors committee.

In a welcome address, BMA council chair Chaand Nagpaul congratulated all the entrants and thanked the network of expert reviewers and judging panels for their involvement in this year’s awards.

‘As a member of the judging panel, I was taken aback by the extremely high quality of submissions. And we hope that everyone who entered the awards this year takes pride in their contribution to this field,’ he said.

‘We at the BMA are proud to champion high-quality medical literature and these awards are a unique opportunity for us to do this. The BMA has a strong commitment to supporting both scientific research and educational publishing by encouraging the publication of well-produced materials.’

Submissions for the 2022 BMA medical book awards will open in January 2022. If you have any questions about the awards, wish to know when applications open or how to become a reviewer, please contact the awards team at [email protected]

The 2021 winners in full

Anaesthesia, critical care and emergency medicine

A Field Manual for Palliative Care in Humanitarian Crises by Elisha Waldman and Marcia Glass and published by Oxford University Press

Basic and clinical sciences and research

Weir & Abrahams' Imaging Atlas of Human Anatomy by Jonathan Spratt, Lonie Salkowski, Marios Loukas, Tom Turmezei, Jamie Weir, Peter Abrahams and published by Elsevier Ltd

Good medical practice

Beneath the White Coat: Doctors, Their Minds and Mental Health by Clare Gerada and published by CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group

Hospital medicine

Oxford Handbook of Palliative Care by Max Watson, Stephen Ward, Nandini Vallath, Jo Wells, and Rachel Campbell and published by Oxford University Press

Obstetrics and gynaecology

How to Perform Operative Procedures in Obstetrics and Gynaecology by Wai Yoong, Abha Govind, and Wasim Lodhi and published by Wiley


Oxford Textbook of Cancer in Children by Hubert Caron, Andrea Biondi, Tom Boterberg and François Doz and published by Oxford University Press

Paediatrics and child health

Helping Your Child with a Physical Health Condition: A Self-Help Guide for Parents

by Mandy Bryon and Penny Titman and published by Little, Brown Book Group/ Robinson imprint


Geriatric Forensic Medicine and Pathology by Kim A Collins, Roger W. Byard

and published by Cambridge University Press

Popular medicine (overall runner-up)

The Brink of Being: Talking About Miscarriage by Julia Bueno and published by Little, Brown Book Group/Virago imprint

Primary care

Musculoskeletal Injections and Alternative Options by Maneesh Bhatia and published by CRC Press


Young Adult Drinking Styles: Current Perspectives on Research, Policy and Practice

by Dominic Conroy and Fiona Measham and published by Palgrave Macmillan

Public health (overall winner)

Health Equity in a Globalizing Era: Past Challenges, Future Prospects by Ronald Labonté and Arne Ruckert and published by Oxford University Press

Surgery and surgical specialties

The Trauma Manual: Trauma and Acute Care Surgery by Andrew B Peitzman, Donald M Yealy, Timothy C Fabian, C William Schwab, Francis X Guyette, Mark J Seamon and Brian S Zuckerbraun

2021 special category: COVID-19

Community Palliative Care and COVID-19 by Tania Blackmore and Georgina Parker and published by Class Professional Publishing