We have a Winner! – The 2014 William Bynum Prize essay competition

Posted on 10 February 2015

Clare Leeming-Latham wins the 2014 William Bynum Prize for her paper ‘Unravelling the ‘tangled web’: Chemotherapy for Tuberculosis in Britain, 1940-1970’.

The William Bynum Prize essay competition (coordinated by Medical History), now in its second year, has once again delivered strong competition and picking a front-runner wasn’t an easy task. But following an intense judging process it is our pleasure to announce that the winner of the 2014 Prize is Clare Leeming-Latham for her paper ‘Unravelling the ‘tangled web’: Chemotherapy for Tuberculosis in Britain, 1940-1970’. Clare is the recipient of a £250 cash award and £250 in Cambridge University Press vouchers, and we are pleased to say that her article will appear in the April 2015 issue of Medical History. Two papers were awarded a joint-runner up position: ‘Venereology at the Polyclinic: Postgraduate medical education among general practitioners in England, 1899-1914’ by Anne Hanley, and ‘Nurturing the Citizens of the Future: Milk Stations and Child Nutrition in Puerto Rico, 1929-1960’ by Elisa González. All at Medical History would like to offer our warm congratulations to Clare, Anne and Elisa, and our thanks to everyone who entered and who gave our panel an enjoyable, interesting and challenging task.

The Prize Committee, chaired by Professor William Bynum, comprised Professor Alison Bashford (University of Cambridge), Dr Laurence Totelin (Cardiff University), Professor Andrew Scull (University of California, San Diego), and Professor Joanna Radin (Yale School of Medicine). We would like to thank all our judges for their excellent work and for volunteering their time. The standard was exceptional once again, and many entrants have been invited to revise and resubmit their entries for publication in the Journal. We look forward to seeing many of them in print in the coming issues.

We would like to announce that the competition for 2015 is now open and that we welcome eligible candidates to send us their submissions. The William Bynum Prize is an international essay competition coordinated by the Journal with the generous support of Cambridge University Press. The Prize is awarded to the author of an original essay on any theme relating to the history of medicine and its related sciences. It 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). Detailed information about the rules and submission requirements can be found here.

So what are you waiting for? Spread the word and get writing! Submissions are accepted at any time before the closing date and we look forward to hearing from you.