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Medical History William Bynum Essay Prize

!!Submissions are now open for the 2019 Prize!! 

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

Of the Prize, Professor Bhattacharya said that “Cambridge University Press’s support for the William Bynum Prize is testament to its commitment to supporting young scholars of the history of medicine, a cause that has always been dear to Bill’s heart.”

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).

All submissions should be sent to the journal editor by the 1 January 2020. Details of the winning essay and its author will be announced in mid 2020. The William Bynum Prize will take 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.

Previous winners:

2018: Sara Crouch - ‘Noli me tangere: The Dangers of Skin-to-skin Contact in Eighteenth-century London’.

2017: Kathleen Pierce - ‘Photograph as Skin, Skin as Wax: Indexicality and the Visualization of Syphilis in Fin-de-Siècle France'.

2016: David Freis -  'Diagnosing the Kaiser: Psychiatry, Wilhelm II and the question of German war guilt'.

2015: Lori Jones - ‘When Medical Texts Double as Socio-Political Commentary: Exploring Some Other Contexts and Purposes of English Plague Treatises’.

2014: Clare Leeming-Latham - ‘Unravelling the ‘tangled web’: Chemotherapy for Tuberculosis in Britain, 1940-1970’.

2013: Andrew Hogan - ‘The ‘Morbid Anatomy’ of the Human Genome: Tracing Observational Approaches in Postwar Genetics and Biomedicine, 1970-1989’

Medical History is a refereed journal devoted to all aspects of the history of medicine and health, with the goal of broadening and deepening the understanding of the field, in the widest sense, by historical studies of the highest quality. The editorial office is located in the Centre for Global Health Histories at the University of York, and the journal itself is published by Cambridge University Press.

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