Winner Announcement - William Bynum Essay Prize 2017

Posted on 27 September 2018

‘Photograph as Skin, Skin as Wax: Indexicality and the Visualization of Syphilis in Fin-de-Siècle France' awarded the 2017 William Bynum Essay Prize

We are delighted to announce that the 2017 Medical History  William Bynum Essay Prize has been awarded to Kathleen Pierce (Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey) for her entry ‘Photograph as Skin, Skin as Wax: Indexicality and the Visualization of Syphilis in Fin-de-Siècle France'. The runner up this year was Annelie Drakman (Department of History of Science and Ideas, Uppsala University.) with her entry ‘The Social Construction of Pathogenic Dirt: Changing Interactions Between Medicine and Cleanliness Practices in the Nineteenth Century'.

All at Medical History would like to offer our warmest congratulations to Kathleen, and our thanks to all those who entered for their interest in the journal and for once again making this such a competitive prize. A special mention of thanks must also go to the Prize Committee, chaired by William Bynum himself and this year comprising Magali Romero Sá and Sabine Clarke, who were set the challenge of selecting a winner.

Reflecting on this year's prize, Sanjoy Bhattacharya, editor of Medical History, said that 'I am delighted to witness the continued quality of prize submissions. The competition for the prize has been fierce this year, but the work of the winner and runner-up will help advance our field. I congratulate both on this count.'

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 2019. Details of the winning essay and its author will be announced in mid 2019. 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.