Editors try to be creative

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 01 February 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:0

“Editors simply take in other people's washing,” said one great editor. Our job is to wash, sort, and return. But this issue illustrates how editors try to be creative.

Long ago we asked Frank Shann to write an editorial on whether children with measles should be given prophylactic antibiotics. This is an important question. Measles causes more than a million deaths a year, and most of the deaths are from pneumonia. Together we realised that a traditional review could not answer the question confidently. Professor Shann then undertook the systematic review we …

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