Toronto launch of the Hippocrates Book of the Heart

The Hippocrates Book of the Heart edited by Wendy French, Michael Hulse and Donald Singer

ISBN 978-0-9935911-1-2   UK: £12  Ireland: €15  US: $18  CAN: $24  AUS: $24  NZ: $30

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Publication of the Hippocrates Book of the Heart was supported by a generous grant from the healthy heart charity the Cardiovascular Research Trust.

The CVRT, founded in 1996, educates health professionals, policy makers and the public about effective ways to prevent and treat serious disorders of the heart and the circulation.

The Canadian launch of the book was held at Makom in Toronto on Thursday 16 November.


Art installation by Rochelle Rubinstein and Alisha Kaplan

Art Makom

Alisha Kaplan 

Poetry, medicine and the Hippocrates Prize
Donald Singer, co-founder Hippocrates Initiative, London, UK

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Donald Singer


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Kenneth Sherman and Alisha Kaplan

Alisha Kaplan Coming Off Eight Years of Escitalopram
2017 Open FPM-Hippocrates Prize
Readings from The Hippocrates Book of the Heart

Kenneth Sherman Heart
and further readings from The Hippocrates Book of the Heart 

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Roo Borson

Roo Borson and Kim Maltman Echocardiogram
and further readings from The Hippocrates Book of the Heart 

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Kim Maltman

7.50 pm
Discussion panel
More poetry: just what doctors and the public need? 

Ronna Bloom, Roo Borson, Ron Charach, Kim Maltman and Kenneth Sherman
Co-chairs: Alisha Kaplan and Donald Singer

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8.30 pm

Toronto Heart panel

Donald Singer, Ron Charach, Kenneth Sherman, Roo Borson, Kim Maltman, Ronna Bloom and Alisha Kaplan

Ronna Bloom is the author of 5 collections of poetry including The More (Pedlar Press, 2017). Her poems have been translated into Spanish and Bengali, recorded by the CNIB, and used in films, by architects, in education and health care. Her work appears in "Poetry is Public" and in the Toronto Public Library Poetry Map. She is currently Poet in Community at the University of Toronto and Poet in Residence in the Sinai Health System in Toronto. In these roles she offers students, health care professionals, patients and visitors opportunities to articulate their experiences through reflective writing and poetry. A meditator and psychotherapist, she lives in Toronto.  

Roo Borson's work has received the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Governor General's Award. Her most recent book of poetry is Cardinal in the Eastern White Cedar (2017), published by McClelland and Stewart/Penguin Random House. With Kim Maltman, she writes under the pen name Baziju, whose first book, Box Kite, was published in 2016 by House of Anansi Press.

Ron Charach is a poet, essayist, novelist and practicing psychiatrist. Born in Winnipeg, he has lived in Toronto since 1980 with his wife Alice, who is also a psychiatrist and researcher. His medically related poems are featured in two world anthologies of physician poetry published by the University of Iowa Press, Blood & Bone and Primary Care. His most recent books of poetry are Forgetting the Holocaust and Prosopagnosia, the latter of which was published by Toronto’s Tightrope Books. His poetry draws from the twin streams of literature and the healing arts.

Alisha Kaplan: The daughter of a printmaker and a psychiatrist, Alisha is very interested in the convergence of art and medicine, and the healing possibilities of poetry. She is a Torontonian poet, an editor for Narrative Magazine, and the winner of the 2017 Hippocrates Prize in Poetry and Medicine. She taught creative writing at New York University, where she received an MFA in Poetry. Her writing has appeared in Fence, DIAGRAM, Carousel, PRISM, The New Quarterly, and elsewhere.

Kim Maltman is a poet and theoretical particle physicist who teaches mathematics at York University. A past winner of the CBC Prize for Poetry, he has published five solo collections of poetry and three collaborative books, including Introduction to the Introduction to Wang Wei, written under the pen name Pain Not Bread and published by Brick Books. 

Born in Toronto, Kenneth Sherman is the author of three books of prose and ten books of poetry. His most recent publications are Wait Time: A Memoir of Cancer and the poetry collection Jogging with the Great Ray Charles.

Donald Singer and Michael Hulse co-founded the Hippocrates Initiative for poetry and medicine in 2009. Singer is a clinical pharmacologist who has published over 200 articles, chapters and books on medicines, on cardiovascular research, prevention and treatment, and public understanding of health. He is an editor and contributor to The Hippocrates Book of the Heart (Hippocrates Press, 2017). He co-authors the prescribing safety guide Pocket Prescriber (Taylor & Francis) now in its 8th edition since 2004. He is President of the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine. He is also on the Executive Committee of the European Association of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. 

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