Dr Robert L. Atenstaedt, MA, MPhil, MBBS, MSc, DPhil, MPH, MFPH, was born in Bangor, North Wales. After completing his secondary education at Watford Boys’ Grammar School, he studied medicine at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge University (where he was awarded the Robert Skerne 1661 Scholarship), St Bartholomew’s Medical College, and completed a DPhil in Modern History at Worcester College, Oxford University. Dr Atenstaedt trained in public health medicine in North Wales and was awarded the Young Epidemiologists Prize from the Royal Society of Medicine in 2007. He currently works as a Consultant in Public Health Medicine/Associate Director of Public Health with Public Health Wales and is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the School of Medical Sciences, Bangor University. His publications in the history of medicine have been included in the Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps, 152 (2) (2006), the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 99 (11) (2006), Kidney International, 70 (4) (2006), Wilderness & Environmental Medicine, 17 (4) (2006), Public Health, 121 (8) (2007), and the Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps, 156 (3) (2010).