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Winners of 2011 Hippocrates Prize for poetry and medicine

  • By: Sarah Welsh
  • Published: 03 June 2011
  • DOI: 10.1136/sbmj.d3228f
  • Cite this as: Student BMJ 2011;19:d3228

The winners of the 2011 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine were announced last month at the University of Warwick.

Founded in 2009, the prize honours the “doctor-poet” and the “patient-poet.” This year’s competition attracted 1500 entries from 23 countries, with professional and amateur poets submitting medical themed poetry.

Among the judges were: Steve Field, who heads the National Inclusion Health Board; Gwyneth Lewis, the first national poet of Wales; and Mark Lawson, broadcaster and writer.

Judge Mark Lawson said: “I have judged numerous literary prizes, in many genres. This, though, was one of the most fascinating because of the contrasting literary and medical perspectives among both the writers and the judges . . . The winners chosen through this process honour the best qualities of the professions of both poetry and medicine.”

Steve Field added: “It is crucially important that healthcare workers understand the emotional journey of their patients

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