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‘Unique’ sleep text sweeps medical book awards

Textbooks on sleep disorders and neuroscience were among the winning tomes at this year’s BMA medical book awards.

The Oxford Textbook of Sleep Disorders, edited by Sudhansu Chokroverty and Luigi Ferini-Strambi, scooped the award for BMA medical book of the year.

Articulating the position that sleep disorders increasingly represent a major public health issue, the book was described by judges as a ‘unique text’ for broadening knowledge in this area of health. 

Accepting the award on behalf of the book’s authors, K Ray Chaudhuri of King’s College London said: ‘This book brings to the front the causes, the impact of as well as treatment of a range of sleep disorders, from sleep apnoea to sleep problems in Parkinson’s disease.

‘It will hopefully be a major resource for doctors and allied health specialists across the world.’

Hosted by the association’s library medical book awards aims to recognise outstanding contributions to medical literature, across a total of 20 categories.

Roger Barker, Francesca Cicchetti, and Emma Robinso, took first place in the student textbook award with Neuroanatomy and Neuroscience at a Glance, while professor Javier DeFelipe won top prize for illustrated book with his work Cajal’s Neuronal Forest: Science and Art.

Oxford professor of primary care health sciences Trisha Greenhalgh won the BMA president’s choice award for her book How to Implement Evidence-Based Healthcare.

Meanwhile the BMA chair of council’s award went to Connecting with Cancer, written by retired surgeon Reginald R Hall and illustrated by Robert Olley.

Prizes were also awarded for books covering a wide range of clinical categories including anaesthesia, cardiology paediatrics and oncology.

Read about this year’s winners

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