Grantham consultant awarded for creating medical students’ textbook

Dr Andrew Houghton (left), BMA President Professor Sir Al Aynsley-Green (centre), and CRC Press Publisher Dr Joanna Koster (right).
Dr Andrew Houghton (left), BMA President Professor Sir Al Aynsley-Green (centre), and CRC Press Publisher Dr Joanna Koster (right).
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A consultant cardiologist at Grantham and District Hospital has received an award for a popular textbook he has co-written for medical students and trainee doctors both here and abroad.

Grantham and District Hospital consultant cardiologist Dr Andrew Houghton has been presented with the British Medical Association (BMA) Student Textbook of the Year Award at the British Medical Association’s annual Medical Book Awards in London.

The prestigious award was given for his textbook Making Sense of the ECG, co-written with Dr David Gray and published by CRC Press. The book is now in its fourth edition and is a popular textbook among medical students and trainee doctors in the UK and overseas.

His textbook is a guide on how to interpret ECGs (heart tracings), which are used to diagnose heart problems such as heart attacks and abnormal heart rhythms. It is aimed at medical students, trainee doctors, nurses and cardiac physiologists, with the aim of helping them train in how to recognise abnormal heart tracings.

At the awards ceremony held in London Dr Houghton received the award from BMA President Professor Sir Al Aynsley-Green.

Dr Houghton said: “It was a great honour to receive this award and to attend the awards ceremony at BMA House in London. Huge amounts of work go into producing textbooks such as this, so to be recognised for that work and for the value it plays in training future healthcare professionals is fantastic. We first published this textbook in 1997, and we’re delighted that the latest edition has been recognized in this way.”

See more details about the BMA Medical Book Awards at http://bma.org.uk/about-the-bma/bma-library/medical-book-awards