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Striving to better, oft we mar what's well (King Lear, Act 1, Scene 4)
  1. Deborah Bowman1,
  2. Sue Eckstein2
  1. 1Division of Population Health Sciences and Education St George's, University of London, London, UK
  2. 2Department of Medical Ethics & Humanities, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Deborah Bowman, Division of Population Health Sciences and Education St George's, University of London, Room 6.73, London SW17 0RE, UK; dbowman{at}

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This editorial was written before the sad and untimely death of Dr Sue Eckstein. It captures her vision for the journal and represents an intention to continue her outstanding work. This issue is dedicated to Sue.

It is a privilege to be writing this as the new editors of Medical Humanities. We have, thanks to the commitment and leadership of Dr Deborah Kirklin, inherited a gift. Under Deborah's stewardship, Medical Humanities provided a focus for those whose interests and work were sometimes undervalued and often misunderstood. Moreover, she provided a means by which these disparate people could know each other and begin conversations. Those conversations led to networks which led to collaborative relationships and the flourishing of both the discipline and the journal in the UK and beyond. We wish to thank Deborah for her extraordinary vision and dedication.

We were, we believed, confident that we knew how diverse, creative and dynamic the realm of medical humanities is when we began our term as Editors. However, we have quickly realised that this is a richer and more stimulating place to be than we could have imagined. The range of submissions to the journal is extraordinary and humbling. Across the world, people are engaged in fascinating and original work in which they consider the widest range of questions and themes pertaining to health and the humanities. We are grateful to them both for their efforts and for their wish to share their work via the pages of this journal. Beyond the submissions in-box, we have spent the last few months exploring the landscape of Medical Humanities and …

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