Alessandro LiberatiBMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e1101 (Published 16 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1101
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I was fortunate enough to meet Alessandro Liberati at several meetings while working with a European cancer guideline project.
It was always a joy to see him at meetings. He had a rare quality of managing to speak seamlessly to a roomful of people with very strong viewpoints but make his points with great humour and with utter respect for everyone's opinion.
I am very sad to hear of his death. The world of eveidence-based medicine has lost a great man.
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It was too personal to mention in the obituary, but I wanted to record a great favour that Alessandro did for me.
He was on the BMJ's editorial board when I was the editor, and he was hugely important in making Clinical Evidence available in Italy. I talked several times at meetings he organised in Italy, and so I got to know him well.
I mentioned to him once that I was planning a short sabbatical in Venice to write a book, and he said that he though he could help me find a place to stay. It was because of him that I spent eight of the best weeks of my life, staying in a 15th century palazzo in Venice. I sat at a long table in a room filled with flowers that had a balcony, a view of the back of Christ standing on the top of Santa Maria di Miracoli, and contained a grand piano, a lifesize Pieta, and a model of a Venetian galleon.
My life has never been quite the same since.
Thank you, Alessandro.
Competing interests: I'me one of the authors of the editorial and a friend of Alessandro