A medical book written by a human biosciences lecturer from Petroc received a highly commended accolade at the prestigious British Medical Association (BMA) Medical Book Awards last month.

The awards take place annually in London and recognise outstanding contributions to medical literature.

Embryology at a Glance, written by Rhiannon de Wreede and former Swansea Medical School colleague Sam Webster, was entered into the Obstetrics and Gynaecology category and, according to the BMA website, books are judged on their applicability to audience, production quality and originality.

The book is a culmination of two years’ hard work for the writing duo, following on from a series of popular podcasts they made for iTunes on the topic of embryology.

“It was such fun making the podcasts,” explained Rhiannon.

“We purposefully kept them very informal and chatty and I guess this appealed to the publisher, who approached us to write for the At a Glance series after viewing one of the videos,” she added.

Since the book was launched a year ago it has sold over 1000 copies and is currently being translated into several languages, so it can be sold internationally. The pair are currently working on a second edition.

The book is being used in colleges up and down the country and Rhiannon is currently using it to teach the human life cycle module of her course.

“It’s amazing how well the book has been received and to get the recognition at the BMA awards is just fantastic,” enthused Rhiannon.

“I’ve loved writing the book and using my brain again after having my son. Sam has already asked me to write another book with him but it’s a huge commitment so I’m still thinking about it!,” she added.

Embryology at a Glance can be found on Amazon and the podcasts are available for download on iTunes.