Winner Announcement - William Bynum Essay Prize 2018

Posted on 5 June 2019

‘Noli me tangere: The Dangers of Skin-to-skin Contact in Eighteenth-century London’ awarded the 2018 William Bynum Essay Prize

We are delighted to announce that the 2018 Medical History William Bynum Essay Prize has been awarded to Dr Sara Crouch (University of Sydney, Australia) for her entry ‘Noli me tangere: The Dangers of Skin-to-skin Contact in Eighteenth-century London’. The runner up this year was Guy Sechrist (University of Cambridge, UK) with his entry ‘Collaborative Healers: Pregnant-Patients and their Midwives in Richard Napier’s Casebooks'.

All at Medical History would like to offer our warmest congratulations to Sara, as well as our thanks to all those who entered the competition. A special mention of appreciation must also go to the Prize Committee, chaired by William Bynum himself and this year comprising Akihito Suzuki (Keio University) and Jonathan Reinarz (University of Birmingham), who had the difficult task of selecting a winner from a collection of high-quality entries.

We are also pleased to announce that the competition will return again this year! All submissions should be sent to the journal editor, Professor Sanjoy Bhattacharya, Director of the Centre for Global Health Histories, by 1 January 2020. Full details are available via the Bynum Prize webpage.

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.