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Thank you and goodbye

May 8, 2012

Editor’s farewell – by Sanjoy Bhattacharya

It is ten years since I was invited to take over as editor of Wellcome History. Working on this project has been great fun and instructive – it has allowed me to learn many new things, while also making new friends all over the world. It did, of course, help that the Wellcome Trust’s Medical Humanities and History team have been fully supportive of new ideas and innovations, and that I was backed by an absolutely first-class group of colleagues located within the Trust’s Communications department. However, the time has now come for me to move on to other editorial responsibilities and new challenges.

Wellcome History needs an infusion of fresh ideas that will take it forward in new directions, as it continues to help stoke discussions and debates about medical history, historiography and humanities globally, as well as acting as an effective outlet for engagement that links academic work with that of medical practitioners and the general public. Dr Elizabeth Hurren of the University of Leicester, who has been invited by the Wellcome Trust to take control of Wellcome History’s editorial reins, will provide this leadership in the coming years. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome her and I have no doubt that Wellcome History will flourish in her care. This is also an appropriate moment to convey my heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has worked with me on this publication over the course of a decade. Thank you for all your work, and goodbye.

Sanjoy Bhattacharya is Director of the Centre for Global Health Histories, and Reader in the History of Medicine, at the University of York.

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