We are all familiar with the two McEvedy and Beard papers which appeared in the January !970 BMJ. Less familiar is the third paper published elsewhere in 1973. There has been little attention paid to the Editorial which accompanied the papers. It does little credit to the journal or its editor. Here it is:https://www.bmj.com/content/bmj/1/5687/1.1.full.pdf It is far worse than the M and B papers. This is the obituary of the editor: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7168.1323 It is not clear what experience or authority the editor had to expound on the subject.