A poem by a member of our charity made me decide to start a page on Dupuytren’s (and related conditions) disease in the arts. More will be added in time, this is just a start. Anyone who feels they have a contribution, just contact me.

This is the poem I was send (with thanks to Jim Young)

The contracture of time

And my hands, a gnarled oak,

grimaced in Dupuytren’s contracture,

telling of the slowness of demise,

the tightening of the loosening 

of life’s grip on the tide’s race.

It is a comfort to see its slowness. 

At least I am alive;

more than can be said of Dupuytren, 

and I can pick my nose more easily.

Other examples of Dupuytren’s art:

Biographic proze:

Becky wrote an illustrated account of growing up with Dupuytren’s, using her own experiences and those of other who gave permission to use their story. The full pdf can be accessed here: Our stories: Growing up with Dupuytren Disease

A young woman holding her right hand to her face, and two cords visible in the palm.
Growing up with Dupuytren Disease. Illustration by Becky, with permission


A poem by Morton J Bagot

A poem by Viwe Lugongolo

Two poems by Carl Tomlinson .

A poem by Gale Marie Thompson.

A poem by Viwe Lugungolo.

Sean O’Brien wrote a poem, The Hand, in his “collected poems”

Karl Riordan wrote a poem titled “Counting on our fingers”, published in his book The Tattooist’s Chair


Donald Sammut is a hand surgeon who makes his own illustrations for teaching and books.

James Kelso is an artist who painted a Dupuytren’s hand.

Jesper Nordenskjöld has painted a Dupuytren’s hand

In fiction literature

In the 2021 book “The Sound Between Notes” by Barbara Linn Probst the main character is a pianist who has Dupuytren’s.

Steve Atkins’ book “Dream Point” is about a man who has Dupuytren’s and goes in search of a cure to the Amazon Rain Forest.

Colin Ball wrote the book “Dupuytren’s contracture”, about a man who is in a coma following Dupuytren surgery (*comment: very far fetched, extremely unlikely to happen- BDS ) and send his wife messages via brain power.

Philip Hoare wrote the book “Albert and the whale” where he touches on Dupuytren’s contracture, which he has himself and his main character Albert Dürer as well.