It's only rock‘n’roll

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 26 August 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:476
  1. Geoff Watts
  1. London

    The BMJ Publishing Group has a new chairman—and Michael Chamberlain has come a long way since his days in the music industry

    We can be fairly certain of one thing about Michael Chamberlain, newly appointed chairman of the BMJ Publishing Group. Had he been offered the job at an earlier stage of his career, the world of clinical trial findings and systematic reviews would have struck him as a mite tame.

    One thing that won't change is the editorial independence of the journal

    Now aged 56, Chamberlain was born in Liverpool and left school at 16 to become, in turn, a journalist, a publisher, and a management consultant. But that first job—working for the legendary Brian Epstein—saw him writing a column for Music Echo. “For two years I had a wonderful life. I used to do [the television programmes] Top of the Pops on a Wednesday in Manchester, Ready, Steady, Go in London on a Friday, and Thank Your Lucky Stars in Birmingham on a Sunday.” Can anything hope to compete with this, I wonder? Medicine may have much to offer—but it's hardly rock ‘n’ …

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