Professor Imray pens a success

A vascular and renal transplant surgeon at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW) has won a national medical book award.

Professor Chris Imray, a world expert on high altitude and frostbite, has co-authored ‘The Oxford Handbook of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine’, which has won first prize in the Primary Healthcare category in the British Medical Association (BMA) 2016 Medical Book Awards.

The book includes information on fieldcraft, diagnosis and treatment of medical problems encountered during an expedition, including environmental hazards, crisis management and issues to be dealt with after returning home.

Prof Imray said: “It was unexpected a surprise and a delight to win this prize. Wilderness medicine has for a long time been a bit of a Cinderella subject and there was no BMA category dedicated to the field.

“Most of my non-clinical focus is on research, so winning a prize for helping to author an education text about a subject I love is particularly gratifying. My thanks go to the other co-authors and all the other contributors.”

Comments about the book have been excellent. One reviewer said: “This is an exceptional book. I can honestly say that I certainly wouldn’t head out on an expedition without this book and I would question anyone who planned to do so. The authors have… applied their experience in the field, with a clear and easy-to-read writing style to meet the needs of their readers exactly.”

The winners were announced at a ceremony at BMA House in London on Wednesday, September 7.