Medical Book Awards – winners announced
The Society of Authors and the Royal Society of Medicine are delighted to announce 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 Richard Asher Prize (£1,200)
Kindly sponsored by an anonymous donor, the Richard Asher Prize is open to first edition textbooks aimed at undergraduate students, by not more than three authors. Cost, readability, and accuracy of information for students are the most important considerations. The prize was awarded to Flesh and Bones of Medical Cell Biology by Robert I Norman and David Lodwick (published by Mosby).
New Authored Book (£1,200)
This prize is open to first edition books for undergraduates or postgraduates, including professional and reference books, and was awarded to Bacteriology of Humans: An Ecological Perspective by Michael Wilson (published by Wiley-Blackwell).
New Edited Book – retailing at less than £75 (£900)
This category is for first edition books for undergraduates or postgraduates, including professional and reference books. It was awarded to Textbook of Orthopaedics, Trauma and Rheumatology, edited by Raashid Luqmani, James Robb, Daniel Porter and John Keating (published by Mosby).
New Edited Book – retailing at £75 or over
There were nine entries in this category, but no titles were deemed outstanding and no award was made.
New Non-Clinical Medical Book (£600)
This prize was shared this year. It is open to titles concerned with medical history, medical education, medical ethics, medical humanities, and other non-clinical aspects of healthcare.
New Edition of an Authored Book (£600)
This category is for second or subsequent edition books for undergraduates or postgraduates, including professional and reference books. It was awarded to Colour Atlas of Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery (3rd edition) by A G Tyers and J R O Collin (published by Butterworth Heinemann).
New Edition of an Edited Book (£600)
For second or subsequent edition books for undergraduates or postgraduates, including professional and reference books, this prize was awarded to John Bancroft and Marilyn Gamble, whose Theory and Practice of Histological Techniques (6th edition) (published by Churchill Livingstone) beating 49 other titles.
The Minty Prize (£1,200)
Sponsored by the Medico-Legal Society, this is awarded annually to first or subsequent edition medico-legal books. It was awarded to Assisted Dying: Reflections on the Need for Law Reform by Sheila A M McLean (published by Routledge-Cavendish).
New Medical or Healthcare Book for the General Reader (£600)
Sponsored by the RSM Department of Readership Services, this is for first edition medical or healthcare books that are aimed at informing patients, carers, or the general public.
The Royal Society of Medicine Library Prize – Medical Book of the Year
Chosen from the winners of each category, this year the £1,200 prize was awarded to Colour Atlas of Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery (3rd edition) by A G Tyers and J R O Collin.