ObituaryBMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6942.1514a (Published 04 June 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1514
- J O Drife
It seems that the BMJ doesn't receive many “self written” obituaries. I'm disappointed but not surprised. Even for the non-superstitious among us, writing your own obituary feels spooky. Like marking your own exam paper, it's no substitute for an independent opinion on whether your efforts merited beta plus or alpha minus.
Still, the BMJ has a proud history of challenging the conventions of the genre. For example, Richard Gordon claimed that he learned to write fiction while working on BMJ obituaries. I applaud this creative attitude and I also question the custom of embargoing publication while the subject is still …