Congratulations to PhD candidate James Fletcher, recipient of prestigious 2017 Sowerby Prize for Philosophy and Medicine!

Huge congratulations to GHSM PhD candidate James Rupert Fletcher, the recipient of this year prestigious 2017 Sowerby Prize for Philosophy and Medicine!


James Rupert Fletcher receives the 2017 Sowerby prize

James received the prize for his essay: “Why we should assess decision-making capacity (even though we cannot)”. The prize was awarded during the annual Sowerby lecture at New Hunt’s House on the 10th of November. His winning essay will be made available on the Philosophy & Medicine website:

James-Fletcher-292-x-252pxAbout the winner:

James Rupert Fletcher is a 3rd- year PhD student at the Institute of Gerontology in the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine at King’s College London. He is currently researching informal care from the perspectives of people diagnosed with dementia living in the community in the Midlands, UK. He is interested in interpretative approaches to dementia, as well as dementia research more broadly. He is also interested in the health and social care divide and ageing. His work is informed by symbolic interactionist and antipsychiatrist ideas, as well as social theory more generally.  To contact James:

You can also find James on twitter: @JamesRuFletcher 

About the Sowerby Prize:

In 2015, with the generous support of the Peter Sowerby Foundation, King’s College London launched Philosophy & Medicine, a joint venture between King’s Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, and The Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, whereby courses of study in philosophy were introduced into the curricula that train clinicians. The Sowerby Essay Contest is part of the Philosophy of Medicine venture and is very competitive, as it receives submissions from students and alumni of all University of London schools, including undergraduate and postgraduate, and medical and professional schools. It is the first time that a student who is not based in a Philosophy department wins the prize!

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