Hugh Turvey's entry for the Medicine Unboxed Prize 2013. Copyright: Hugh Turvey
Good medicine is about more than a set of technical decisions or interventions involving drugs, operations and tests. It demands identification with another’s suffering, moral deliberation, wisdom and insight.
The arts can illuminate this view of medicine. But it is not enough to expose doctors training in medical schools to the humanities, and there's more to it than the idea of empathy being "stewarded" by the arts. Art does not simply tick a box within medicine. Good medicine is realised through art as much as it is through science.
The Medicine Unboxed Creative Prize reflects this belief, and looks to champion a less reductive, less consumerist view of illness and medicine, and the human fragility that underlies them both. Our intention is, in the words of Francis Bacon, "to deepen the mystery", by celebrating an authentic creative connection between art and medicine.
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