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The International Society of Doctors in Literature, ISDL (formerly Confederation of Doctors in Literature, CODIL), is a non-governmental, non-political and non-profit organization committed to the promotion of literature and other creative endeavours among members of the noble profession of medicine. It began in 1999 as the dream of a Nigerian-born medical doctor-writer and activist, Martin Akpan who, following a panoramic review of creative works of notable early doctor-writers worldwide with a couple of his colleagues, felt an irresistible urge to provide a platform for contemporary and future doctor-writers.

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THE DOCTOR WRITER

This book, The Doctor-Writer, provides in a single capsule for the first time (and) on a global scale, a unique window into the arcane world of  medical doctors who have(had) broken out of their professional cocoon to find fulfillment, recognition and immortality in creative writing. [Read more]

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What our Pioneers say?

If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom, and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too.
W. Somerset Maugham
Chance throws peculiar conditions in everyone's way. If we apply intelligence, patience and special vision, we are rewarded with new creative breakthroughs.
Walter Bradford Cannon

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One thing I am convinced more and more is true, and that is this: The only way to be truly happy is to make others happy. When you realize that and take advantage of the fact, everything is made perfect.

William Carlos Williams

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January 1957

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The International Society of Doctors in Literature, ISDL (formerly Confederation of Doctors in Literature, CODIL), is a non-governmental, non-political and non-profit organization committed to the promotion of literature and other creative endeavours among members of the noble profession of medicine. 

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