Recently, I have been asked by several members of
the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) why I have not written
anything about the termination of two prominent medical editors.
Obviously, I have not been reticent to express my opinions about other
matters, and it seemed strange that I would avoid this issue.
I thought about writing earlier, but Dr. Kassirer and others said it
all in their farewell editorials in the New England Journal of
Medicine.1–3 In addition, the members of the World
Association of Medical Editors inundated the Internet with e-mails of
howling disapproval. A similar spate of e-mails occurred at the
termination of Dr. George Lundberg, editor-in-chief of the
Journal of the American Medical Association. Enough had been
written and said about the matter, and nothing had changed the
decisions that were made.