We told you last year that our Medical Director Adrian Richards had released the 2nd edition of his best-selling ‘Key Notes on Plastic Surgery‘. And we’re delighted to share an update…

Adrian and co-author Hywel Dafydd have just received a ‘Highly Commended’ in the prestigious BMA Medical Book Awards.

Very well done!

About “Key Notes”

If you’ve trained as a Plastic Surgeon, you may be familiar with the book.

Adrian wrote the first edition of “Key Notes on Plastic Surgery” in 1999, while sitting his final plastic surgery exams (yes – he wasn’t quite busy enough).

Unable to find a suitably concise general plastics textbook for those revising for the FRCS (Plast), he decided he’d write one himself.

The book is, to quote Ian T Jackson MD, Director of Craniofacial & Reconstructive Surgery, Institute for Craniofacial & Reconstructive Surgery, “only the meat without all the unnecessary trimming”.

It’s formatted as a collection of short revision notes covering all aspects of plastic surgery – trauma, elective surgery, burns, reconstructive surgery and Adrian’s own specialism, aesthetic procedures.

Bullet points and diagrams make it easy for student surgeons to dip in and find the information they need. Ideal for those late coffee-fuelled nights cramming for finals!

Mr Dafydd, a talented young surgeon who’s recently travelled the world learning the latest surgical techniques, wrote most of the updated second edition.

He’s used his broad, up-to-date knowledge of the latest surgical techniques to add more useful content to this edition. In particular, a collection of new diagrams to address the feedback received from junior surgeons.

The book was Highly Commended in the Surgery category, with the winner being the epic ”Atlas of Operative Maxillofacial Trauma Surgery: Primary Repair of Facial Injuries”. A very worthy winner.

About the BMA Medical Book Awards

The BMA Medical Book Awards take place every year, with the aim of recognising outstanding contributions to medical literature.

This year’s were held on Thursday 3 September, with Professor Sir Al Aynsley-Green Kt, President of the British Medical Association, attending the evening as guest of honour.

Winners were chosen by an expert panel, who considered each book’s originality, applicability to audience, and production quality.

Prizes were awarded in 21 categories covering all disciplines of medicine. An overall BMA Medical Book of the Year prize was also awarded from among the category winners. This year, the winning book was “Practical Management of Complex Cancer Pain” by Manohar L. Sharma, Sanjeeva Gupta, Michael I. Bennett, and Karen H. Simpson.

Adrian and Hywel are delighted with the commendation for their book. And as Adrian has said he’d like to bring out a new edition every 10 years, perhaps more awards are in store!

“Key Notes on Plastic Surgery (Second Edition)” by Adrian Richards and Hywel Dafydd is is available from all good book shops.