The photo above is called Four Doctors and a Journalist and includes Dr Eric Dark, second from the right. Dr Dark was a prolific writer and his ideas also influenced the creative writing of his wife Eleanor.
(See the MJA article Eleanor Dark’s Slow Dawning: a woman in rural practice in the 1920’s)
Dr Dark’s publications included three articles that appeared in the MJA:
Medicine and the Social Order April 3, 1937
Property and Health March 4, 1939
Some Medical Aspects of Crime Jan 4, 1941
He also gave a 1943 lecture that was later published as a pamphlet in June 1944:
The Social Duties of Medicine June 1944
Varuna, the Writers’ House is pleased to announce that it is building on Dr Dark’s legacy and has partnered with the Medical Journal of Australia to launch a creative writing competition open to all practising and retired doctors and medical students.
It will be judged by Varuna, the MJA and Dr Leah Kaminsky.
Creative pieces of up to 1500 words, grounded in health or medicine and based loosely on the topic “Splendid Isolation”, will compete in two categories:
Retired and Practising Doctors – Prize includes a 1 week residential writing retreat at Varuna the Writers’ House and a weekend writing workshop for doctors at Varuna lead by Dr Hilton Koppe and Dr Leah Kaminsky.
Medical Students – Prize includes a weekend writing workshop for doctors at Varuna.
Closing date: Monday 5th March, 2012
Submissions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Winners will be announced at the “Doctors Who …” Dinner at the Fairmont Resort on Saturday 10th March 2012.