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New York/Stuttgart – Thieme Publishers is pleased to announce one of its clinical textbooks, Color Atlas of Brainstem Surgery by Robert F. Spetzler and distinguished coauthors, received First Prize in the Surgery Specialties category at the prestigious 2018 British Medical Association (BMA) Medical Book Awards. The annual award recognizes significant work and contributions to medical literature. Six more titles received highly commended honors, three of them in the Surgical Specialties category including the The Wills Eye Handbook of Ocular Genetics by Alex Levin and esteemed colleagues from the prestigious Wills Eye Hospital. The jury also gave highly commended certificates to Facial Volumization: An Anatomic Approach by Jerome Lamb and Christopher Surek and Reconstructive Surgery of the Hand and Upper Extremity by Gunter Germann in the Surgery category, as well as to Microbiology in Your Pocket: Quick Pathogen Review by Melphine Harriott in the Basic & Clinical Sciences category. The awards were presented at the 2018 BMA Medical Book Awards ceremony at the BMA House in London on September 4, 2018.

“We are delighted one of our acclaimed clinical textbooks was awarded a prestigious first prize in the Surgical Specialties category. In awarding first prize to Color Atlas of Brainstem Surgery, the jury recognized the extraordinary clinical contributions made by Robert F. Spetzler and internationally renowned experts, to the field of neurosurgery,” said Sue Hodgson, Editorial Director at Thieme Publishers. “The highly commended honors awarded to Centrofacial Rejuvenation by Patrick Tonnard, The Wills Eye Handbook of Ocular Genetics by Alex Levin, Pediatric Otolaryngology: Practical Clinical Management by R.W. Clarke, Microbiology in Your Pocket: Quick Pathogen Review by Melphine Harriott, Reconstructive Surgery of the Hand and Upper Extremity by Gunter Germann and Facial Volumization: An Anatomic Approach by Jerome Lamb and Christopher Surek reflect the judges’ praise for six stellar books that stood out among 677 entries submitted from publishers around the world. These winning titles underscore our commitment to publishing clinically robust, visually rich textbooks,” she adds.

Honored titles

Surgical Specialties Category

First Prize: The recipient of past awards, the extraordinary, one-of-a-kind atlas, Color Atlas of Brainstem Surgery was written by the internationally eminent neurosurgeon Robert F. Spetzler and an impressive cadre of coauthors. The book draws on decades of surgical experience and more than 1,000 surgeries on the anatomically challenging brainstem, thalamus, basal ganglia, and surrounding areas. From cover to cover, readers are provided with technical guidance on approach selection, timing of surgery, and optimization of outcomes. The atlas features beautifully detailed, highly sophisticated brain slices and dissections by Kaan Yagmurlu, who trained under the acclaimed author, educator, brain anatomist, and neurosurgeon, Professor Albert Rhoton, as well as stunning color illustrations, clinical images, and line drawings.

Highly Commended: Written by Patrick Tonnard and distinguished coauthors, Centrofacial Rejuvenation examines the detrimental effects of volume loss and reduced skin surface quality in the facial aging process and the restorative power of volume replacement. This comprehensive resource describes cutting-edge fat harvesting, fat tissue preparation, and injection techniques. Enhanced with hundreds of color photographs, illustrations, and videos, the goal of this book is to help plastic surgeons achieve superior patient outcomes with innovative techniques that improve survival of fat particles, eliminate the need for overcorrection, reduce downtime and morbidity, and avoid complications.

Highly Commended: Written by Alex Levin and esteemed colleagues from the prestigious Wills Eye Hospital, The Wills Eye Handbook of Ocular Genetics is a practical, reader-friendly guide on the diagnosis and management of ophthalmic genetic conditions. Every chapter begins with a disease overview, followed by relevant modern genetic concepts, pathways to attaining the correct diagnosis, and pitfalls and pearls gleaned from years of hands-on expertise. This unique resource will help practitioners at all levels optimally manage and treat patients with complex genetic eye diseases.

Highly Commended: Pediatric Otolaryngology: Practical Clinical Management by R.W. Clarke and internationally renowned experts, fills a void in the literature, with its specific focus on ear, nose, and throat pathologies in children. Text boxes provide invaluable insights such as danger signs, top surgical tips, advice regarding potential complications, situations that need urgent referral, and medicolegal pitfalls. The book provides pediatric ENT residents or fellows and general ENT practitioners with sound clinical guidance on ENT conditions specific to the pediatric population.


Basic & Clinical Sciences category

Highly Commended: Microbiology in Your Pocket: Quick Pathogen Review by Melphine Harriott is a concise guide to common and rare bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites, detailing pathogens that infect the nervous system and multiple organs. Organized by organ system, each of the cards features taxonomy or morphology, infections, pathogenesis, epidemiology, diagnosis, prevention, treatment options, and an explanation. The unique format is a go-to-choice for medical students preparing for the USMLE® and graduate-level students in health science and dentistry looking for a user-friendly microbiology review.


Surgery Category

Highly Commended: Written by Gunter Germann and esteemed coauthors, Reconstructive Surgery of the Hand and Upper Extremity presents a unique, color-coded roadmap for managing the complexities of upper extremity procedures, based on a logical approach to surgical decision-making. Seven systematically organized sections and 69 chapters present versatile, evidence-based guidelines and techniques. Strategic approaches and a video chapter covering patient examination reflect the collective wisdom gleaned from the authors' experience performing reconstructive surgery in patients with challenging upper extremity injuries.

Highly Commended: Facial Volumization: An Anatomic Approach by Jerome Lamb and Christopher Surek masterfully bridges the gap between the anatomy lab and injection clinic. It synthesizes a large body of facial anatomy publications into a "one-stop shop" covering a wide array of facial procedures – from the chin and perioral – to the midface and temple. Numerous beautiful, full-page color illustrations systematically reveal each layer of the face – from deep to superficial – taking readers on a unique journey through the 3-D architecture of complex facial anatomy. More than 20 high-definition live patient videos guide clinicians step-by-step through aesthetic facial injections.


About the BMA Awards

The annual BMA Medical Book Awards recognize outstanding contributions to medical literature. Prizes are awarded in 20 categories, with an overall BMA Medical Book of the Year Award chosen from the category winners. All entries are individually reviewed and appraised by doctors and educators who are interested in medical publishing. The judging panel awards books for their applicability to audience, production quality, and originality.

About Thieme

Thieme Publishing Group is a medical and scientific publishing house employing more than 1,000 staff and maintaining offices in several cities, including New York, Delhi, Rio and Stuttgart, Germany. Founded in 1886, the Thieme name has become synonymous with high quality and excellence in online and print publishing. Thieme publishes 160 peer-reviewed journals and more than 350 new books annually. The company has a rapidly growing array of web-based products in medicine and science. State-of-the-art online products include Thieme MedOne, Thieme E-Journals, the medical student website, and Thieme MyCourse, an innovative web-based platform for faculty to customize their own course materials. For more information about Thieme, please visit

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