Death notices are often dull catalogues of success

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6980.660d (Published 11 March 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:660
  1. Ann Dally
  1. Research fellow Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London NW1 2BE

    EDITOR,—The quality of medical practice is threatened by Liz Crossan and Richard Smith's thoughts on obituaries1 and diminished by the Lancet's decision to abolish obituaries. Instead of developing ideas about “publishing death notices rather than obituaries,” the BMJ should be increasing the number of obituaries and making them interesting to read. The medical profession understands itself through its history. Obituaries are important in this. Current …

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