[Perspectives] The best editors get fired
Jerry Kassirer was fired as Editor-in-Chief of The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) in 1999. Two decades later, he has written, in the guise of a memoir, a blistering attack on his former employer, the Massachusetts Medical Society. Revenge, it is often said, is a dish best served cold. Kassirer relives old battles and settles outstanding scores. He savages the present state of medicine and medical journals. And he offers a bleak view of the future for a profession he clearly loves. Unanticipated Outcomes: A Medical Memoir is a painful autoautopsy of a successful life brought down by the greed of small minds and the tripwire of personal foible.