Indian-American Abraham Verghese selected for National Humanities Medal 2015

Posted on:16 Sep 2016 09:23:22

Indian-American Abraham Verghese selected for National Humanities Medal 2015
16 September 2016 Current Affairs GK: Indian-American physician-author, Abraham Verghese (61) has been selected for the prestigious 2015 National Humanities Medal. President Barack Obama will bestow the honour upon Verghese along with 11 others recipient’s at a ceremony to be held in Washington on 21st September 2016. He has been selected for the prestigious award for reminding us that the patient is the centre of the medical enterprise.

Abraham Verghese  : He was born in Ethiopia to parents from Kerala who had worked as teachers. Currently, Abraham Verghese is a professor of medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine. His work has emphasised empathy in medicine. He has authored several acclaimed books, including “My Own Country” and “Cutting for Stone”.

National Humanities Medal  : National Humanities Medal bestowed upon individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of human experience, broadened citizens’ engagement with history, languages, philosophy, literature and other humanities subjects. It was inaugurated in 1997.

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