In Venice during this weekend, a major international organisation was launched: theHippocrates Society for Poetry and Medicine. This launch marks the 5th year of the hugely successful Hippocrates initiative, which has attracted interest from 55 countries in its major awards and symposia.
Within the increasingly administered and technical world of medicine, patients often find it difficult to engage with prevention and treatment of common and serious medical problems.
Poetry provides a huge opportunity for patients to gain insight into their illness, as well as to help health professionals to understand better the concerns of their patients.
Applications are welcome from anywhere in the world to join the Hippocrates Society for Poetry and Medicine from health professionals and patients, from poets and academics, and others who are interested in our aims.