Debashis Singh interviews Richard Smith, the editor of the BMJ
Imagine being transported back in time a few decades and witnessing a young boy giving a talk to a school assembly. He argues that we all have a social responsibility for people whose lives went wrong in one way or another. In order to make his point he plays the lyrics: “Who killed the Kennedys, but after all you knew it was you and me” from the Rolling Stones “Sympathy with the Devil.” Several years later, that boy became editor of the British Medical Journal, the most general and journalistic of the “big five” medical journals (Journal of the American Medical Association, New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, and Annals of Internal Medicine).
Rushing through central London towards BMA House I tried to recall how much I knew about Richard Smith - I remembered once thinking he could be mistaken for Jerry Springer's younger brother and I had heard that