A worthy winner – The 2013 William Bynum Prize essay competition

Following tough competition between a very strong field, we can now announce a winner! The inaugural William Bynum Prize (coordinated by Medical History) has been awarded to Dr Andrew Hogan (Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia, USA) for his paper ‘The ‘Morbid Anatomy’ of the Human Genome: Tracing Observational Approaches in Postwar Genetics and Biomedicine, 1970-1989’. Andrew is the recipient of a £250 cash award and £250 in Cambridge University Press vouchers, and his article will appear in the July issue of Medical History. Two papers were awarded a joint-runner up position: ‘Pain and Surgery in England, circa 1620–1740’ by Ms Katherine Walker, and ‘Sri Lanka as a Laboratory for Pill Trials in South Asia (1950 – 1980)’ by Ms Darshi Thoradeniya. All at Medical History would like to offer our warm congratulations to these entrants.

The Prize Committee was chaired by Professor William Bynum himself and comprised Dr Jeremy Greene (Johns Hopkins University, USA), Professor Colin Jones (Queen Mary, University of London, UK), Professor Magali Romaro Sa (Fiocruz, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil), and Professor Amarjit Kaur (University of New England, Australia). All expressed their delight at the quality of the entries received, even if this made the final decision an exceptionally tough one. Indeed, as a mark of strength of the competition, four entrants were invited to revise and resubmit their papers for potential publication in the journal.

We would like to remind readers that the competition for 2014 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 tell your colleagues and students and, if you’re eligible, get writing!

Dr Alexander Medcalf

Assistant Editor, Medical History 



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