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Understanding medicine through the arts and humanities.
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Mission: Medicine Unboxed engages the public and front-line NHS staff with a view of medicine that is infused and elaborated by the humanities. Contributors include artists, writers, the clergy, poets, philosophers, lawyers, linguists, musicians, theatre, ethicists, academics and doctors. The results are thought-provoking, inspiring, sometimes funny and often moving.

Background: Good medicine is more than a set of technical decisions and interventions involving drugs, operations or tests. It demands more of the practitioner - professionalism, empathetic care, moral consideration, insight, an understanding of human suffering and necessarily, wisdom. These attributes are not always prioritised in selecting for or training healthcare professionals, and there is little time or attention given to their authentic development within busy working environments.

Further, there is a widening hiatus of trust, understanding and expectation between medicine and society around what constitutes good medicine. This pressingly requires real engagement around medicine’s role and society’s values. A purely scientific answer will never prove sufficient here.

The term ‘Medical humanities’ describes disciplines, which engage the relationship between Medicine and the Arts. Humanities such as fine art, literature, philosophy, ethics and contextual studies, inform medicine through unique insights into the human condition and the individual experience of Illness and disease, from both patients’ and practitioners’ perspectives. This is important, as it equips the medical practitioner with reflective, empathetic and analytical skills essential for providing good care.
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CHRISTIAN BERTHELOT WINS £10,000 MEDICINE UNBOXED CREATIVE PRIZE 2015

French photographer CHRISTIAN BERTHELOT has been announced as the winner of the £10,000 Medicine Unboxed Creative Prize 2015.
The prize was awarded by prize sponsor K. Bill Dost of D&D Leasing and Chair of Judges Tom de Freston.

The winning entry is the CESAR series of photographs taken immediately after the birth of babies born by cesarean section.
Christian says about the CESAR project: "This project was born of a reality: the birth of my first child. It was an emergency and surgery was needed to save him and his mother. When I saw him for the first time, he was bloodied and covered in this white substance called vernix. He was like a warrior who had just won his first battle, like an angel out of darkness. What a joy to hear him scream. It was life, and I had the opportunity to photograph him from the start."

Christian Berthelot was born in 1976. He lives and works in
Brittany, France. In 2002, he obtained a professional qualification in photography and he became a show photographer for various theater and dance companies. In 2012, through a meeting with an obstetrician, he discovered the world of the operating theater and of childbirth.

You can learn more about the CESAR project at

http://www.christianberthelot.com/

Chair of judges Tom de Freston said about Christian’s winning entry: “This project reframes perceptions of caesarian section birth, through startling portraits of the first seconds of life. The theatrical nature of the lighting, compositions and iconography echoes masterpieces of the Italian Baroque. They express the possibility that art and science can step into the void previously filled by religion. Like all great art they are images that stay on our retinas and in our memories.”
The judges for the Medicine Unboxed Creative Prize 2015 were Tom de Freston (artist), Christopher Potter (writer), Julian Baggini (philosopher) and Tiffany Atkinson (poet).

The Medicine Unboxed Creative Prize is generously funded by D&D Leasing UK Ltd and Bibby Financial Services, and was founded through a bequest from Noel and Goula Conway.
We would like to congratulate Christian, and all of the shortlisted artists for their submissions which were shortlisted from over 60 international entries.

The shortlisted artists for the Medicine Unboxed Creative Prize were:
SUBATHRA SUBRAMANIAM, 'Under My Skin', about which the judges said: “The process is one of genuine collaboration and exchange between the worlds of dance and surgery, finding harmony between the language of two types of theatre. It is a performance which manages to translate the precise movement and dexterity off the operating theatre into the rhythm and drama of dance. In its physicality and choreography a work of mesmeric beauty has been crafted, which uses movement to move us.”

IAN WILLIAMS, 'The Bad Doctor' about which the judges said: “In the Bad Doctor Ian Williams has produced a graphic novel which probes the relationship and the struggle to be a compassionate GP, it presents the human face at both sides of the doctor patient divide. This struggle is articulated with a visual eloquence, which marries a fluidity in line to a pulse of narrative rhythm. It is an important insight into the human difficulties and frailties at the frontline of medicine. The Bad Doctor is a fantastic graphic novel, an elegant work of art and literature."

EDWARD WICKHAM and CHRISTOPHER FOX, 'Tales from Babel: Adventures in the Science of Hearing' about which the judges said “The project is founded on a synergy between scientific and musical research into the nature of listening. The meticulous process results in highly sophisticated and polished acoustic experiences. The work has its roots in medieval polyphonic choral music but is utterly contemporary, through it six of wit, formal inventiveness and layered surprises. The result is to reinvigorate and change the entire way we listen, both to music and to the wider network of voices and melodies that surround us.”
Christian Berthelot Photographe - Projets Artistiques - Reportages / Théâtres - Bretagne
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The programme for Medicine Unboxed: Students 2015 is now available at:

https://goo.gl/cjCJLX

The programme features student presentations including film, spoken word, conversations with music, provocations, storytelling and dance.

Medicine Unboxed Students 2015 takes place on Friday 20 November 2015, ahead of the main Medicine Unboxed: Mortality programme on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 November at the Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham.
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With the final tickets for Medicine Unboxed: Mortality almost sold, here is the advance programme for 21-22 November at the Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham.

Join us for two days of exploration of life and death and the lines that separate them.

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE MEDICINE UNBOXED CREATIVE PRIZE
IAN WILLIAMS: 'The Bad Doctor'.

'The Bad Doctor' is a graphic novel about the life of a country doctor and those of his patients.

The New York Times said about The Bad Doctor: "The territory of doctor as patient has been visited before, but Dr. Williams’s iteration and its resolution are as subtle and thought provoking as the best of them, with the always worthwhile message that the roles into which humans sort themselves are as mutable as the rituals they accept and reject, and the calls for help they choose to hear or not."

Ian Williams Is a physician, comics artist and writer, based in Brighton, UK. He founded the Graphic Medicine website in 2007 and currently edits it with MK Czerwiec. He is co-author of the Graphic Medicine Manifesto, also from Penn State University Press and has written for various medical, humanities and comics publications and has contributed a series of comic strips to The Guardian newspaper.
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MEDICINE UNBOXED: MORTALITY

Tickets now on sale at Eventbrite for Medicine Unboxed: Mortality, 21-22 November 2015.

We will look at life and death and the lines that separate them. We will marvel at how molecules are arranged into life and examine other beginnings and endings, of the universe and how all nature folds and unfolds in time. We will wonder about time. We will hear the sounds of loss and grief and recovery and how death is felt in war, in hospital, in our homes and fields. We will see medicine’s hand raised against death and suffering and explore its duties to the living and dying. We will ask what a life costs and what it is worth. We will look at social and cultural differences in the experience of death, how immortality is conceived in mythology and sought in technology, our pursuit of the afterlife, and how fact and imagination meet in our encounter with death.

https://medicineunboxed-mortality.eventbrite.co.uk
  We will look at life and death and the lines that separate them. We will marvel at how molecules are arranged into life and examine other beginnings and endings, of the universe and how all nature folds and unfolds in time. We will wonder about time. We will hear the sounds of loss and grief and recovery and how death is felt in war, in hospital, in our homes and fields. We will see medicine’s hand raised against death and suffering and explore...
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CHRISTIAN BERTHELOT WINS £10,000 MEDICINE UNBOXED CREATIVE PRIZE 2015

French photographer CHRISTIAN BERTHELOT has been announced as the winner of the £10,000 Medicine Unboxed Creative Prize 2015.
The prize was awarded by prize sponsor K. Bill Dost of D&D Leasing and Chair of Judges Tom de Freston.

The winning entry is the CESAR series of photographs taken immediately after the birth of babies born by cesarean section.
Christian says about the CESAR project: "This project was born of a reality: the birth of my first child. It was an emergency and surgery was needed to save him and his mother. When I saw him for the first time, he was bloodied and covered in this white substance called vernix. He was like a warrior who had just won his first battle, like an angel out of darkness. What a joy to hear him scream. It was life, and I had the opportunity to photograph him from the start."

Christian Berthelot was born in 1976. He lives and works in
Brittany, France. In 2002, he obtained a professional qualification in photography and he became a show photographer for various theater and dance companies. In 2012, through a meeting with an obstetrician, he discovered the world of the operating theater and of childbirth.

You can learn more about the CESAR project at
http://www.christianberthelot.com/

Chair of judges Tom de Freston said about Christian’s winning entry: “This project reframes perceptions of caesarian section birth, through startling portraits of the first seconds of life. The theatrical nature of the lighting, compositions and iconography echoes masterpieces of the Italian Baroque. They express the possibility that art and science can step into the void previously filled by religion. Like all great art they are images that stay on our retinas and in our memories.”
The judges for the Medicine Unboxed Creative Prize 2015 were Tom de Freston (artist), Christopher Potter (writer), Julian Baggini (philosopher) and Tiffany Atkinson (poet).

The Medicine Unboxed Creative Prize is generously funded by D&D Leasing UK Ltd and Bibby Financial Services, and was founded through a bequest from Noel and Goula Conway.

We would like to congratulate Christian, and all of the shortlisted artists for their submissions which were shortlisted from over 60 international entries.

The shortlisted artists for the Medicine Unboxed Creative Prize were:
SUBATHRA SUBRAMANIAM, 'Under My Skin', about which the judges said: “The process is one of genuine collaboration and exchange between the worlds of dance and surgery, finding harmony between the language of two types of theatre. It is a performance which manages to translate the precise movement and dexterity off the operating theatre into the rhythm and drama of dance. In its physicality and choreography a work of mesmeric beauty has been crafted, which uses movement to move us.”

IAN WILLIAMS, 'The Bad Doctor' about which the judges said: “In the Bad Doctor Ian Williams has produced a graphic novel which probes the relationship and the struggle to be a compassionate GP, it presents the human face at both sides of the doctor patient divide. This struggle is articulated with a visual eloquence, which marries a fluidity in line to a pulse of narrative rhythm. It is an important insight into the human difficulties and frailties at the frontline of medicine. The Bad Doctor is a fantastic graphic novel, an elegant work of art and literature."

EDWARD WICKHAM and CHRISTOPHER FOX, 'Tales from Babel: Adventures in the Science of Hearing' about which the judges said “The project is founded on a synergy between scientific and musical research into the nature of listening. The meticulous process results in highly sophisticated and polished acoustic experiences. The work has its roots in medieval polyphonic choral music but is utterly contemporary, through it six of wit, formal inventiveness and layered surprises. The result is to reinvigorate and change the entire way we listen, both to music and to the wider network of voices and melodies that surround us.”
Christian Berthelot Photographe - Projets Artistiques - Reportages / Théâtres - Bretagne
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We'd like to acknowledge the generous support of our sponsor Bill Dost of D&D Leasing for the Medicine Unboxed Creative Prize 2015. 

The judges are making their decision about the award of the prize to one of the shortlisted artists - IAN WILLIAMS ('The Bad Doctor'), SUBATHRA SUBRAMANIAM ('Under My Skin'), CHRISTIAN BERTHELOT ('CESAR') and EDWARD WICKHAM and CHRISTOPHER FOX ('Tales from Babel: Adventures in the Science of Hearing').

The prize will be awarded on Saturday 21 November at the Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham. 
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We'll be awarding the Medicine Unboxed Creative Prize on Saturday 21 November at Medicine Unboxed Mortality.

The prize wouldn't be possible without the generosity of our sponsors - D&D Leasing and Bibby Financial Services.

Hear Bill Dost of D&D leasing talk about why he supports the prize, his experience of Medicine Unboxed and about his, and his company's, approach to philanthropy.

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SPEAKING AT MEDICINE UNBOXED: MORTALITY - MICHAEL SYMMONS ROBERTS.

Michael Symmons Roberts is Professor of #Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University. His 4th book of poetry – ‘Corpus’ – was the winner of the 2004 Whitbread Poetry Award, and was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize, the #Forward Prize for best collection, and the Griffin International Prize. His 6th collection - 'Drysalter' - was the winner of the 2013 Forward Prize and the #Costa Poetry Prize, and was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. He has previously received the Society of Authors’ Gregory Award for British poets under 30, the K Blundell Trust Award, and was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize for his 2001 collection ‘Burning Babylon’. In 2007 he received a major Arts Council Writers Award. His continuing collaboration with composer James MacMillan has led to two BBC Proms choral commissions, song cycles, music theatre works and operas for the Royal Opera House, Scottish Opera, Boston Lyric Opera and Welsh National Opera. Their WNO commission - 'The Sacrifice' - won the RPS Award for Opera in 2008, and their Royal Opera House / Scottish Opera commission - 'Clemency' - was nominated for an Olivier Award. His work for radio includes ‘A Fearful Symmetry’ - for Radio 4 - which won the Sandford St Martin Prize, and ‘Last Words’ commissioned by Radio 4 to mark the first anniversary of 9/11. His first novel – ‘Patrick’s Alphabet’ – was published by Jonathan Cape in 2006, and his second – ‘Breath’ – in 2008. He is a trustee of the #Arvon Foundation.
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SPEAKING AT MEDICINE UNBOXED: MORTALITY - NICK LANE.

Nick Lane is a British #biochemist and writer. He was awarded the first Provost's Venture Research Prize in the Department of #Genetics, Evolution and Environment at University College London, where he is now a Reader in Evolutionary #Biochemistry. Nick is the author of four acclaimed books on evolutionary biochemistry, which have sold more than 100,000 copies worldwide, and have been translated into 20 languages.
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SPEAKING AT MEDICINE UNBOXED: MORTALITY - PAUL MCMASTER.

Paul is the Chairman of the Board of MSF UK where he plays a pivotal role in strategic planning. He spent 35 years working in clinical practice, teaching and conducting research before joining Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in 2005.
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