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Donald Ineson Crowther

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 09 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:366

Physician who became an outstanding creative desk editor and teacher

With his outstanding academic record Donald Crowther should have been a consultant physician, possibly at his teaching hospital. Instead, he became one of the finest desk editors of the 20th century, though only by overcoming adversities—a brother's high profile career, his position in a power struggle between the fiery editor of the BMJ and the BMA, and the development in middle life of a severe depressive illness.

Journalism ran through Donald's family. His father became editor of the Journal of the Royal Agricultural Society, a sister married the proprietor of a Halifax newspaper, while a second brother edited Physics Abstracts. His eldest brother, Geoffrey (later Lord) Crowther, was recommended to the Economist by …

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