The prize, endowed with € 30,000 is awarded by the German Society of Internal Medicine for the best - preferably clinical-experimental - work submitted in the field of internal medicine. The paper may be written in German or English and must have been published in its present form after October 15 of the previous year of application. It must not have been entered in a similar competition at the same time or have already been awarded a corresponding prize. The age of the author should not exceed 40 years. Applicants must be members of the German Society of Internal Medicine.