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I was very sorry to hear about the death of Professor Doug Altman. I first met Doug when I joined the BMJ’s Hanging Committee (which took the final decision on which papers to accept) in 1996. Doug was the senior statistician on the committee. In the eight years I attended the committee meetings, I learned a lot from Doug about statistical methods and study design, skills I was able to put to good use in my own work. As well as being a towering figure in medical statistics, Doug was always polite and helpful to his colleagues. He will be very much missed.
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13 June 2018
Professor of Primary Care
Imperial College London
Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Imperial College, London W6 8RP