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Letters BMJ Editor’s Award

To acknowledge the support from many others

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 13 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f827
  1. Peter T Wilmshurst, honorary consultant cardiologist1
  1. 1University Hospital of North Staffordshire, Stoke on Trent ST4 6QG, UK
  1. peter.wilmshurst{at}

I feel very honoured to receive the BMJ Editor’s Award,1 but it would be wrong not to acknowledge the tremendous support I have had.

Over the years I have had enormous support from the BMJ and its consecutive editors, Richard Smith and Fiona Godlee. I have also had invaluable help from Health Watch, particularly from John Garrow, who set up Health Watch’s support fund for my libel cases, primed it with a large personal donation, and turned up at court to provide support. I received great support in my libel cases from the Libel Reform campaigners, including Sense about Science, Simon Singh, Ben Goldacre, Hardeep Singh, and Evan Harris. Many other people, including many doctors and a few politicians from all parties provided support. I am sorry that there are too many for me to name them all.

NMT Medical instructed its lawyers to issue a libel claim against my colleague Simon Nightingale, who had been a member of the MIST (Migraine Intervention …

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