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Monday, 7 January 2013

Favourite poems with a medical theme - 2013

To mark the 2013 International Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine, the organisers invite nominations of your favourite poem with a medical theme.

'Medical' is to be interpreted in the broadest sense. Nominations may be from anyone anywhere in the world and for poems written by a poet from anywhere in the world and in any language. The poem may to be contemporary or from any historical period.

You can see examples at 'favourite poems on a medical theme' of comments received and find links to many of the nominated favourite poems in 2012.

And some recent nominations:

John Betjeman - 'Before Anaesthetic ...'

Nazim Hikmet - 'Angina Pectoris' 


The Hippocrates Prize of £5000 for the winning poem in both the Open International and the UK NHS category is one of the highest value awards in the world for an unpublished poem in English on a medical theme.

There is also a new Hippocrate Prize of £500 for Young Poets aged 14 - 18 years, from anywhere in the world.

Awards for the 2013 Hippocrates Prize will be presented by the judges on Saturday 18th May 2012 at the  4th International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine, to be held at the Wellcome Collection in London.

Closing dates for 2013 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine
Open International category - 31st January, 2013
NHS UK category - 31st January, 2013
Young Poets category - 1st March, 2013

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