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BMA Medical Book Awards recognise outstanding medical books from around the world

Leading medical authors from around the world were honored last night at a ceremony at the British Medical Association’s headquarters in London to mark the 2018 BMA Medical Book Awards.

The awards were established to recognise the most groundbreaking medical books being published across a variety of categories, from anaesthesia to neurology. The top prize of BMA Medical Book of the Year was awarded to the Oxford Textbook of Sleep Disorders, edited by Sudhansu Chokroverty and Luigi Ferini-Strambi and published by Oxford University Press.

This book was noted for its relevance in the age of the “tired generation” and was praised for its effectiveness in broadening the understanding of sleep disorders by offering advances in scientific, technical, clinical, and therapeutic aspects of sleep medicine. Accepting the award, Prof K Ray Chaudhuri, Professor of movement disorders at Kings College London and one of the book’s contributors, said:

“It gives me great pleasure to accept this award on behalf of Prof Chokroverty and Prof Ferrini-Strambi. This book brings to the front the causes, impact and treatment of a range of sleep disorders, from sleep apnea to sleep problems in Parkinson’s disease.

“It will hopefully be a major resource for doctors and allied health specialists across the world. I am thrilled to receive this award.”

BMA representative body chair, Dr Anthea Mowat, who informed part of the final judging panel alongside the BMA Chair of Council, President of the BMA and other BMA representatives, said that the BMA was “delighted to be able to recognise the work of some of the most leading minds in the medical profession as these books continue to push boundaries”.

Among the special prize winners were the recipients of BMA Student Textbook Award, Neuroanatomy and Neuroscience at a Glance 5th edition, by Roger A Barker, Francesca Cicchetti, Emma SJ Robinson.

Roger A Baker, from the John van Geest Centre for Brain Repair and Department of Neurology at the University of Cambridge said that the book was informed by his own experiences as a medical student and undergraduate and what he believed was a need to “simplify and explain clearly how the nervous system is organised and works”.

Commenting on the importance of the book to medical students, BMA medical students committee co-chair, Gurdas Singh, said:

 “This book will be an incredibly useful aid for students in what is often a notoriously difficult, but important subject matter.

“The way in which the topics have been cleverly broken down to make it more manageable for students is of huge benefit and a leading example of how such books can be both informative and insightful while delivering the content that students need to know.”

Another notable winner included How to Implement Evidence-Based Healthcare by Trisha Greenhalgh, Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford.

Her book, which seeks to makes sense of the often complex and confusing landscape of implementation science, was selected for the BMA President’s Choice Award, presented by BMA President, Dinesh Bughra CBE, who said:

“Trish Greenhalgh deserves our thanks and congratulations for producing a book which is easily readable, full of practical advice and backed by evidence.

“It is well-illustrated with easy to follow material from evidence to technology, systems and networks, not forgetting what medicine is about  ̶  good patient care.”

Other recipients of the special prize awards included the BMA Council’s Chair’s Choice, chosen by Dr Chaand Nagpaul, which went to Connecting with Cancer by Reginald R Hall and Robert Olley. This detailed the stories of 35 people in the North East who have experienced cancer, in their own words, transcribed and edited from recorded personal interviews.

Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine at a Glance by William Seligman, Sameer Ganatra, Timothy Parker and Syed Masud picked up the BMA Young Authors Prize.

Notes to Editors

The British Medical Association (BMA) is the voice of doctors and medical students in the UK. It is an apolitical professional organisation and independent trade union, representing doctors and medical students from all branches of medicine across the UK and supporting them to deliver the highest standards of care.

  • The BMA medical book awards take place annually to recognise outstanding contributions to medical literature. Prizes are awarded in 20 categories, with an overall BMA Medical book of the year award taken from the category winners and special category prizes.
  • The BMA Library is a specialist resource providing members with expert information in current clinical practice, medical ethics and education. For more information on the BMA Library, click here.
  • See a full list of this year’s awards and winners here.
  • The judging panel awards books for their applicability to audience, production quality and originality. All entries are individually reviewed and appraised by doctors and educators who are interested in medical publishing.
  • Publishers who would like to enter the awards in 2019 should contact assistant librarian Richard Jones at [email protected]. View the awards criteria here.
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