Advisor neurologist Suzanne O’Sullivan has gained the Wellcome Ebook Prize for her ebook about psychosomatic sickness, It is All in Your Head.
O’Sullivan’s first e-book, it explores the vary of debilitating sicknesses which are medically unexplained.
The £30,000 annual prize celebrates books that interact with some facet of drugs, well being or sickness.
The winner was introduced at a ceremony on Monday night on the Wellcome Assortment’s Studying Room in London.
“It’s a really spectacular guide, chosen for its many virtues,” stated Joan Bakewell, chair of this yr’s judges.
She stated O’Sullivan’s first-hand accounts of diagnosing her sufferers provided “new insights into the connection between the physique and the thoughts”.
“The truth that society divides them into two medical disciplines – the bodily and the psychological – is being more and more challenged,” Baroness Bakewell added.
O’Sullivan has been a advisor in neurology since 2004 and presently works on the Nationwide Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London. She additionally works for a specialist unit based mostly on the Epilepsy Society.
James Peto, head of public programmes at Wellcome Assortment, stated: “O’Sullivan’s guide is a considerate, humane and heartfelt plea for a deeper and extra widespread understanding of the intensely debilitating circumstances she describes.
“An trustworthy and revealing exploration of an space of healthcare the place there’s nonetheless a lot that isn’t but recognized, this ebook reminds us forcibly of the complexities of the connection between thoughts and physique and that the apply of drugs essentially stays an artwork in addition to a science.”
Final yr’s prize was awarded to Marion Coutts for her memoir, The Iceberg.
Thomas S.G. Farnetti
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