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Inaugural 2010 International Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine: NHS 3rd Prize

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Time to Get Ready

Take off that hair;

take off that self-assured air;

take out those teeth;

take that spring from your step and replace it

with a hesitant shuffle.

Take the fresh whites of your eyes

and smudge them yellow. …

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  • Funding Supported by the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine, the Warwick Institute of Advanced Study and the Wellcome Trust.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; not externally peer reviewed.

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