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And the Winner Is… William Bynum Essay Prize 2016

Posted on 29 June 2017

‘Diagnosing the Kaiser: Psychiatry, Wilhelm II and the question of German war guilt’ awarded the 2016 William Bynum Essay Prize

We are delighted to announce that the 2016 Medical History William Bynum Essay Prize has been awarded to David Freis (University of Münster) for his entry ‘Diagnosing the Kaiser: Psychiatry, Wilhelm II and the question of German war guilt’. The runner up this year was Angela Muir (a Wellcome Trust and SSHRC funded PhD candidate at the University of Exeter) with her entry ‘”She never saw such a breast of any honest girl”: Reading and Regulating Single Women’s Reproductive Bodies in Eighteenth-Century Wales’.

The Prize Committee, chaired by William Bynum himself and this year comprising Akihito Suzuki, Joanna Radin, Nick Hopwood and Susan Heydon, once again had the enjoyable, if challenging, task of naming a winner given the high quality of the entries.  Everyone at Medical History would like to offer their warmest congratulations to David, to thank the committee for their sterling efforts, and indeed all those who entered for their interest in the journal and for once again making this such a competitive prize.

We are also pleased to announce that the competition will return again this year!  The William Bynum Prize will be awarded to the author of an original essay on any theme relating to the history of medicine and its related sciences. This international competition is open to doctoral students and early post-doctoral researchers (candidates who have completed their PhDs not longer than 3 years before submission of the entry). The Prize’s awarding committee will be chaired by Professor Bynum himself, supported by the editor and members of the editorial advisory board of Medical History.

All submissions should be sent to the journal editor by the 1 January 2018. Details of the winning essay and its author will be announced in mid 2018. All enquiries regarding the competition should be directed to the editor of Medical History, Professor Sanjoy Bhattacharya, Director of the Centre for Global Health Histories. Please note that the specifications for submissions are the same as for a general article submitted to Medical History (please see the 'Instructions for Contributors' on Medical History's website).

The William Bynum Prize takes the shape of a £250 cash award and £250 in Cambridge University Press vouchers. The winning entry will be published in Medical History if it succeeds in undergoing the journal’s usual reviewing processes.

The Prize is generously supported by Cambridge University Press, publishers of Medical History, and is coordinated by Medical History's editorial office which resides within the Centre for Global Health Histories, Department of History, University of York.