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The Balint Society Essay Prize 2008

The Council of the Balint Society awards a prize of 500 each year for the best essay on the Balint Group and the Doctor-patient relationship.

Essays should be based on the writer's personal experience and should not have been published previously.

Essays should be typed on one side only with three copies, preferably on A4 size paper with double spacing and with margins of at least 25mm.

Length of essay is not critical.

Entry is open to all except for members of the Balint Society Council.

Where clinical histories are included the identity of the patients should be suitably concealed.

All reference should conform to the usual practice in medical journals.

Essays should be signed with a nom de plume and should be accompanied by a sealed envelope containing the writer's identity.

The judges will consist of the Balint Society Council and decision is final.

The entries will be considered for publication in the Journal of the Balint Society.

The prizewinner will be announced at the Annual General Meeting.

Entries must be received by 1st May 2006 and sent to: Dr David Watt, Tollgate Health Centre,220 Tollgate Road, London E6 5JS