Dear friends,

I am very sad to tell you that my dear friend and collaborator Doug Altman
passed away today.  We were working together to the end and exchanged
emails only on Friday.

Doug and I have been friends since 1972 and have published together 100
times, with more in draft.  They will be finished.  Doug is one of the most
influential medical statisticians of the past 40 years and did so much to
improve the methodological quality of medical research, thus benefiting
thousands of lives.

Doug had been treated for bowel cancer.  Recently, he told me that there
were metastases, but I thought we still had time.  I am bereft.


J. Martin Bland
Prof. of Health Statistics Emeritus
Dept. of Health Sciences
Seebohm Rowntree Building
University of York
York YO10 5DD

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