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BMA House hosts medical literature awards

The BMA Medical Book Awards were held at BMA House, with Dr Hilary Cass, president of the Royal College of Child Health and Paediatrics, as a guest of honour.
Over 300 medical authors and editors attended the ceremony which was held in the Great Hall and followed by a reception in the Courtyard and the Snow and Paget rooms of the venue.

Prizes were awarded in 21 categories, with an overall BMA Medical book of the year award won by the World Health Organisation for its ‘Pocket Book of Hospital Care for Children: Guidelines for the Management of Common Childhood Illnesses 2nd edition’, a book helping doctors provide better healthcare for sick children.

BMA board of science chair Baroness Sheila Hollins, who was one of the judges, said: ‘These awards aim to recognise and reward excellence in medical publishing — which this book is a fine example of.'

World provider of scientific medical and technical information, Elsevier, was awarded for over 28 of its professional and scholarly products.

Special prizes were 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. The BMA Medical Book Awards recognises outstanding contributions to the medical literature.

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