The Society of Authors and the Royal Society of Medicine announced the winners of this year’s Medical Book Awards, which were presented by Alexander McCall Smith at a ceremony at the Royal Society of Medicine in London on Wednesday 29th October 2008.
The nine prizes – with a total value of £7,900 – celebrate the very best medical writing from the preceding year. All are sponsored by the Royal Society of Medicine Press, except where noted.
Winners photo gallery
Katie Carpenter (Routledge-Cavendish) accepted The Minty Prize (£1,000), sponsored by the Medico-Legal Society, on behalf of the author, Sheila A M McLean.
Alice Willitts and Deborah Carter, highly commended for Food Allergy and Your Child (Class Publishing) in the category for New Medical or Healthcare Book for the General Reader, collect their certificate from Alexander McCall Smith.
Alison Taylor (Elsevier) accepted the prize for New Edited Book – retailing at less than £75 (£900) on behalf of the editors, Raashid Luqmani, James Robb, Daniel Porter and John Keating.
Anthony Tyers and Richard Collin won the New Edition of an Authored Book category (£600) and the RSM Library Prize for Medical Book of the Year (£1,200) for Colour Atlas of Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery (3rd edition) (Butterworth Heinemann).
The winners of the Richard Asher Prize (£1,200), Robert Norman and David Lodwick, with Alexander McCall Smith.
David Lee, runner up in the New Authored Book category, collecting his certificate from Alexander McCall Smith.
Dick Warner, Managing Director of Class Publishing, peruses the shortlisted books.
The runner-up in the New Edited Book – retailing at less than £75 was Medicine and Surgery: An Integrated Textbook. Eric Lim collects his certificate from Alexander McCall Smith.
The prize for New Non-Clinical Book (£600) was shared. Katherine Froggatt and Neil Small, two of the authors of Living and Dying with Dementia: Dialogues about Palliative Care (OUP), collect their prize.
Michael Wilson, winner of the New Authored Book category (£1,200) for Bacteriology of Humans: An Ecological Perspective (Wiley-Blackwell), collecting his award.
Alexander McCall Smith addresses the audience.
The runner up of the New Edition of an Authored Book was Pathology of the Placenta (3rd edition) (Saunders). Neil Sebire collected the certificate.
Philip Shaw (Hodder Arnold) accepts the prize for New Medical or Healthcare Book for the General Reader (£600) on behalf of the authors, Nicky Dummett and Chris Williams, who were unable to attend.
Tom Lissauer, runner up in the New Edition of an Edited Book category, collects his certificate from Alexander McCall Smith.
Dr William Marshall, Chair of the Judges, presented the Awards.