Call for Papers: 2012 International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine, Saturday 12th May 2012
Symposium venue: Henry Wellcome Lecture Theatre, Wellcome Collection, 215 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, United Kingdom
Submissions are welcome for oral or poster presentation during the Symposium. Email the Symposium Office to express interest in submitting a Symposium Abstract. Oral abstract deadline – 12midnight GMT – 12th February 2012 | Poster abstract deadline – 12midnight GMT – 31st March 2012
Key themes will include: history of interactions between medicine, health and poetry; impact of health and disease on the writings of the professional poet; poetry as therapy; the nature of the body, and anatomy; the history, evolution, current and future state of medical science; the nature and experience of tests; use of poetry in health professional training, the experience of doctors, nurses and other staff in hospitals and in the community; the experience of patients, families, friends and carers in these situations; the experiences of acute and long-term illness and dying, of birth, of cure and convalescence; the patient journey; the nature and experience of treatment with herbs, chemicals and devices used in medicine.
The Symposium will end with awards for the 2012 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine.