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BJOG Editor’s Choice: Democracy of the Dead


Thorp, John M., Jr. (2015). BJOG Editor's Choice: Democracy of the Dead. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 122(6), 759-760.


G.K. Chesterton made his famous claim that ‘tradition was the democracy of the dead’ at the turn of the twentieth century when our journal was founded. While modernity and its progeny medicine and science all strive to progress and advance, it is good to be mindful of the past and where we have come from. BJOG is the ‘grandmother of them all’ among women's health journals, founded years, if not decades, before our North American peers. Editor Emeritus, Phil Steer, gives our readers these moments of retrospective clarity in his ongoing series that looks at the life and work of our prestigious former Editors-in-Chief, with the latest placed after this article. Stop progressing for a moment and reflect on how the problems we face have not changed.


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BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology


Thorp, John M., Jr.