Just how tainted has medicine become?
I began my working association with the British Journal of Psychiatry around 1982. In addition, I assisted Professor Shepherd, the editor of Psychological Medicine, from mid-1980 until the early 1990's. Then, in 1993 I narrowly won the election for Editor of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and, thus, for a decade, I became editor of the British Journal of Psychiatry as well as being responsible for our sister journals, and the Gaskell book programme. My principal concern expressed in an early editorial was to fulfil the requirements of my psychiatric constituents by consolidating the position of the Journal as the leading international journal of general psychiatry and an essential companion in clinical practice (Wilkinson, 1994). I sought to do this in two ways: by ensuring rapid publication of the best clinical science and art; and by enhancing editorial standards and practices. In my view, the Journal had a British base and an international perspective, and I wanted to encourage the involvement, and commitment, of readers, authors, assessors, and editors. I welcomed constructive criticism, and adaptation to changing needs and technological developments. In essence, I would strive for excellence in clinical communication.