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Catherine DeAngelis: Would like forgiveness from her patients

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 22 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:f7717

In the latest in its series asking the movers and shakers of the medical world about work, life, and less serious matters, the BMJ spoke to the former editor of JAMA


Catherine DeAngelis was editor in chief of JAMA for over a decade (2000-11), the first woman to hold the post. A fearless scourge of the drug industry and a critic of US healthcare, she was first a nurse, then a doctor, next a pediatrician; and before the JAMA job beckoned, she was vice dean for academic affairs and faculty at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. Of Italian-American origin, she has a feisty and frank style. She is least likely to say, “JAMA welcomes ghostwritten articles,” and …

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