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Rapid response to:


Harold Shipman

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 22 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:231

Rapid Response:

An obituary is not a tribute

An obituary is not a tribute. Obituaries are stories of lives. We
select for publication at greater length those stories that are
compelling, full of implication, and well written.

I think that it would have been very odd to ignore the story of
Harold Shipman. It's a tragedy of British medicine that his name will
probably be better remembered than the name of any other doctor of the
20th century.

Richard Smith, editor, BMJ

Competing interests:
I'm the editor of the BMJ and accountable for all it contains

Competing interests: No competing interests

24 January 2004
Richard Smith