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John Richard Farndon

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 16 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:429

Editor who raised the standards and status of the British Journal of Surgery; director of surgery in Bristol who tried to mediate as concerns about paediatric heart surgery emerged

John Farndon, professor and head of surgery in Bristol, who died from a heart attack on 6 February, had a gift for medical editing and was an incisive referee. As editor of the British Journal of Surgery from 1992, he had an eye for the best material, putting together a good journal every month and moving it up the international league table until it was second only to Annals of Surgery. He chose papers that would be widely cited, increased the number of randomised controlled trials, and cut back on case reports. He was firm, fair, and strong minded. In January he stepped down as editor and was, as chairman of the British Journal of Surgery Society, to have furthered the journal's development. He wrote and edited textbooks on endocrine and breast surgery, operative surgery, and a …

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