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More reluctance in accepting evidence on smoking and cancer

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 18 March 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:804
  1. David Pollock, director, Action on Smoking and Health, 1991-4
  1. London N16 5PU

    EDITOR—It is sad but true, as Cowen points out,1 that many doctors were long unconvinced by the clear evidence about smoking and lung cancer produced by Doll and Hill.

    An exception was Dr Horace Joules, who urged the health ministry's Standing Advisory Committee on Cancer and Radiotherapy of the need to warn the public immediately their 1950paper came out.2 But the committee's distinguished chairman, Sir Ernest Rock Carling, a lifelong heavy …

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