Richard Smith has left the building

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 05 August 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:309
  1. Deborah Cohen
  1. BMJ

    Richard Smith's 13 years as editor of the BMJ and chief executive of the BMJ Group finally drew to a close last Friday.

    Dr Smith, who developed a fondness for Scotland after studying medicine at Edinburgh University, suggested a ceilidh for his leaving party with journal staff. With characteristic good humour, he turned up not only kilted-out but wearing a garish orange wig, to be piped in to the sound of bagpipes.

    “One thing I hate is pomposity. I've never liked the BMA's annual meeting with all …

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