BMA Medical Book Awards 2019: President's Award

We are delighted to announce that Dominic Wilkinson and Julian Savulescu's book 'Ethics, Conflict and Medical Treatment for Children: From disagreement to dissensus' has won the BMA President's Award Category (chosen by Professor Raanan Gillon).

The BMA medical book awards takes place annually to recognise outstanding contributions to medical literature. Prizes are awarded in 20 categories, with an overall BMA Medical book of the year award taken from the category winners.

Professor Gillon commented: "As you'd expect, I have a bias towards books about medical ethics - good books of course. I was delighted therefore to find that this excellent little volume - so clearly demonstrating good analytical medical ethics applied to real ethical dilemmas arising in real medical practice - had been shortlisted in the basis of medicine category (medical ethics is indeed a vital component of the basis of medicine). The book is written by two Oxford University medical ethicists, Dominic Wilkinson who is also a practising neonatologist and Julian Savulescu, also a medical doctor but for many years now a full time philosophical bioethicist. Its genesis was primarily the notorious case of baby Charlie Gard whose parents were prevented from taking him to America to try a treatment with a very low probability of benefiting him; but it also considers a wide range of other disagreements between parents and doctors about the treatment of those parents’ children.

At the core of the book is the requirement to consider the strongest arguments for both sides of such disputes, recognise that sometimes agreement (consensus) is simply unachievable, (as with the authors' own views about the Charlie Gard case, so rigorously argued out in the book); and then some sensible proposals about how best to deal with residual dissensus. This is an excellent book- congratulations to the authors."

See all 2019 winners here.

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