The British Medical Journal has appointed its first woman editor since it was set up more than 160 years ago.
Dr Fiona Godlee will replace Dr Richard Smith, who left in July 2004.
qualified as a doctor in 1985, trained as a general physician in
Cambridge and London, and is a member of the Royal College of
Since joining the BMJ as an assistant editor in 1990
she has written on issues such as the impact of environmental
degradation on health and the future of the WHO.
who has also recently been appointed as chief executive of BMJ
Publishing Group, said: "Fiona is well known and highly regarded among
the medical journal community worldwide, based on her proven skills as
an editor, writer and leader.
"I'm especially delighted to see Fiona become the first female editor."