Obituaries and tributes should be put on to worldwide web

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7055.497b (Published 24 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:497
  1. Deborah J Aaron (debaaron@vms.cis.pitt.edu), Professor,
  2. Ronald E Laporte, Postdoctoral fellow (rlaporte@vms.cis.pitt.edu)
  1. Department of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15261, USA

    EDITOR,—There are an increasing number of tributes on the worldwide web to honour the accomplishments or memory of people such as rock stars and drivers of racing cars. But why not medical scientists? In the past year much has been been written in the BMJ about the publication of obituaries.1 2 Space limitations, cost, and timeliness have led to changes in how the BMJ handles obituaries. Most of these concerns, however, would be eliminated if obituaries were …

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