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The Hippocrates Prize

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 26 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7923
  1. Theodore Dalrymple, writer and retired doctor

The Hippocrates Prize is an annual prize for poetry, awarded since 2010 and open to anyone who works, or has worked, in the NHS. There is also a category for poetry about a medical subject, open to anyone in the world writing in English. Altogether there are thousands of entries and the winning poems, the two runners up, and all the commended poems, are published in a slim but elegant volume. It is rather difficult to imagine a poetry prize open to people who have worked in accountancy, or to anyone who has …

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