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Hero or villain: Sir Richard Doll and occupational cancer

Tweedale, Geoffrey (2007) Hero or villain: Sir Richard Doll and occupational cancer. International journal of occupational and environmental health, 13 (2). pp. 233-235. ISSN 1077-3525

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In 2006, the English media broke the story that Sir Richard Doll had for many years been retained on a secret consultancy by Monsanto. Doll’s colleagues rushed to his defense, arguing that the story was an unjustified smear on a great man whose work had saved millions of lives. However, Doll’s conflicts of interest in his occupational health epidemiology are shown to sit uneasily alongside his more independent smoking/lung cancer studies.

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