A book that details everything now known about getting robots to perform surgery won first prize at the 2009 BMA medical book awards in London last night.
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Robotic Surgery: Theory and Operative Technique, by Farid Gharagozloo and Farzad Najam of the George Washington University Hospital, beat 684 other entries. It is the first complete sourcebook to cover developing techniques in robotic surgery.
Last year, a team at St Mary's Hospital, London, used a £400,000 Sensei robot to repair an aneurysm. There are three such robots in the UK.
Dr Vivienne Nathanson, head of science and ethics at the BMA, said robot surgery is an exciting and revolutionary branch of medicine. "It is going to play an ever-expanding role in patient care in the coming decades."
The two authors deserve the highest praise for their unique reference book, which provides a complete overview of the techniques used in robotic surgery to date, she said.