Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Case histories: the poetry of medicine

This weekend saw the announcement of the winners of the 2011 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine. An extract from Mark Lawson, in the Guardian (7/05/11), comments:

The single procedure most commonly described was open brain surgery with the patient conscious and responding, perhaps because, visually and spiritually, this is medicine at its most cutting-edge. However, ominously for readers from any perspective, the most recurrent subject was the experience of feeding or cleaning a terminally ill patient, with Alzheimer's being the most featured disease.

Copies for both the university libraries will be purchased.