In opening this first of what we expect to be many editorial essays for Asian Medicine, Mona and I wish to first acknowledge our gratitude to Vivienne and Geoffrey for all the work over the many years they have worked together as co-editors of the journal. We applaud their collaboration on bringing so much new scholarship to a broader readership, publishing ground-breaking new research, producing exciting special issues on Asian medicine, and writing such insightful editorial essays that managed to make each issue they edited conceptually greater than the sum of its parts. They are not only the giants upon whose shoulders we now stand but also a tough dual-act to follow. We especially wish to thank them for their patient passing on of so much tacit knowledge about how to run a journal, actual material to work with, such as the unpublished articles and book reviews in their pipe-line, and, introductions to all the people who have made putting together each issue possible.1
We thus extend an additional thanks to our colleagues at Brill who have spent countless hours in training us on various processes of editing a journal. Through this transition since early 2011, the senior editor, Albert Hoffstädt, has held steadfast in his support for the journal, the assistant-editor of Asian Studies, Patricia Radder, has been our go-to person for endless questions, while the Editorial Manager, Marjon Jekel, designed and trained us to navigate the very important transition for Asian Medicine to an electronic management system. We also wish to express condolences for the unexpected loss of our late desk editor for Asian Medicine, Hans van der Meijden. We are therefore even more grateful for the new desk editor, Dick Kraaij, who put together the articles for this issue. We also inherited from our predecessors their copyeditor, Ruth Biddiss, and graphic designer, Akio Morishima, both of whom have gracefully agreed to continue to work with us and so also made the transition that much smoother. Finally, we wish to extend our deep felt gratitude to the members of the Korean Society of Medical History, especially Kim Namil, Ahn Sang Woo, Kang Yeonseok, and Cha Wung Seok, who have provided the journal with generous financial support and thus helped ensure its continuity into the future.
1 I would also like to acknowledge the generous financial support of two visiting scholar research fellowships during which I was able to work on the transition of the editorship of Asian Medicine and complete editing on this issue: The International Consortium for Research in the Humanities at Erlangen University, Germany (Oct 2011–July 2012) and the Templeton Project on the History of Science and Religion in East Asia, Program in the History and Philosophy of Science, Seoul National University, Korea (July–December 2013).