Medical History is pleased to announce the launch of the William Bynum Prize, a prestigious, international essay competition coordinated by the Journal with the generous support of Cambridge University Press. The Prize will be 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).

The Prize’s awarding committee will be chaired by Professor Bynum himself, supported by Medical History’s editor, Professor Sanjoy Bhattacharya, and members of the journal’s editorial advisory board. Of the competition Professor Bhattacharya, said

“ Cambridge University Press deciding to participate in honouring [Professor Bynum] in this way is fitting considering that it published the seminal Science and the Practice of Medicine in the Nineteenth Century in 1994 (an academic partnership that continued over the years). Cambridge University Press’s support for the William Bynum Prize is also testament to its commitment to supporting young scholars of the history of medicine, a cause that has always been dear to [Professor Bynum’s] heart.”

All competition entries should be sent to the editor by 1 September 2013 (contact details are available on Medical History’s website). Details of the winning essay will be announced in the first 2014 issue of Medical History. The 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. All enquiries regarding the competition should be directed to the editor by email.

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