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BMA Medical Book Awards

Medical Book and Patient Information Awards 2014

The BMA Medical Book Awards take place annually to recognise outstanding contributions to the medical literature.

Prizes are awarded in 21 categories, with an overall BMA Medical book of the year award made from the category winners.

Special prizes are awarded for the BMA Student Textbook award, the BMA Illustrated Book Award and the BMA Board of Science Award for the Public Understanding of Science. The Chair of the Board of Science also makes a Chair's Choice. These special prizes are chosen from all of the shortlisted books.

Our judging panel awards books for their applicability to audience, production quality and originality.

The BMA Medical Book Awards were held on Monday 22 September 2014, Dr Hilary Cass, president of the Royal College of Child Health and Paediatrics, was guest of honour. You can see the winning books below.

Entries for the 2015 Awards will open in mid December.

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Photos from the ceremony


Awards winners and prizes

BMA Medical Book of the Year 2014

Hospital care for childrenPocket Book of Hospital Care for Children: Guidelines for the Management of Common Childhood Illnesses 2nd edition
World Health Organization
Published by World Health Organization
(ISBN 9789241548373 30 Swiss francs)

It will be useful around the world.  

The reviewer

The book is produced by the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness programme for health workers who are responsible for the care of young children at first level referral hospitals.

Professor the Baroness Hollins, chair of the BMA Board of Science, commented: ‘this book makes it easy to find the evidence behind the recommended treatments for common childhood conditions presenting in a hospital setting: it will be useful around the world.” 

The award was presented to Dr Wilson Milton Were, medical officer at Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health, by Dr Hilary Cass, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.


The BMA Illustrated Book Award

Recognisable patterns of human malformationSmith's Recognizable Patterns of Human Malformation 7th edition
Edited by Kenneth Lyons Jones, Marilyn Crandall Jones and Miguel Del Campo 
Published by Elsevier (ISBN 9781455738113 £73.49)

The reviewer commented that ‘this is an exceptional reference book - and importantly has continued as a reference book down the decades’. Professor Kenneth Lyons Jones and Professor Marilyn Crandall Jones work at the University of California, San Diego, and Assistant Professor Del Campo works at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona.


The BMA Student Textbook award

PathologyUnderwood's Pathology 8th edition
Simon Cross
Published by Elsevier (ISBN 9780702046728 £49.99)

The book's reviewer praised it as ‘an excellent text which continues to be the standard pathology undergraduate textbook’. Professor Cross is professor of diagnostic pathology and honorary consultant histopathologist at the University of Sheffield.


BMA Board of Science Award for the Public Understanding of Science

Kill or cureKill or Cure: An Illustrated History of Medicine
Steve Parker
Published by DK Books (ISBN 9781409332725 £19.99)

This award was established in 2006 in order to help further the educational objectives of the Board of Science. Kill or Cure is extensively illustrated with a blend of narrative, factual information and illustrations. 

It was praised by its reviewer for ‘its superb writing style and high-quality illustrations, which leap out of the book’.  Steve Parker is the author of more than 300 books and 100 websites and is a senior scientific fellow of the Zoological Society and former staff member of the Natural History Museum (www.steveparker.co.uk).


Winner of the primary healthcare category

Oxford Handbook of Occupational Health 2nd edition
Julia Smedley, Finlay Dick and Steven Sadhra
Published by Oxford University Press (ISBN 9780199651627 £34.99)

This is a concise practice-based guide, which brings together the latest legislation and guidance with current practice to assessing and managing health risks in the workplace.

Its reviewer commented: “For its price and size it packs a big punch with comprehensive coverage of a complex topic.” 

Julia Smedley is consultant occupational physician at the University Hospital Southampton and honorary senior lecturer at the University of Southampton. Finlay Dick is senior occupational physician at Capita Health and Wellbeing, Aberdeen, and honorary senior lecturer at the University of Aberdeen. Steven Sadhra is senior lecturer and director of education at the Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, University of Birmingham.


The BMA Board of Science Chair's Choice

Private lifeThe Private Life: Why We Remain in the Dark
Josh Cohen
Published by Granta Books (ISBN 9781847085290 £20)

This book examines the concept of privacy in our century. It was praised by its reviewer as a ‘thought provoking and well written piece of work’. 

Professor Cohen is a psychoanalyst in private practice and professor of modernl literary theory at Goldsmiths University of London.


Awards were also assigned to numerous books by category.

See the full list of medical book award winners by category

Information for reviewers

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More information on the awards

Enter the 2015 awards

Two copies of each book should be sent to the BMA address given at the end of the online form by 31 January 2015. You will need to open and read the conditions of entry. 

Books should have been published in 2014 or before the end of January 2015.  

Email any comments or enquiries to: info.bkawards

Borrow award-winning books from the Library

You can now borrow copies of all of the Book Competition prize winning books in person or via our postal loans service

Browse the list on our online catalogue

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