Medicine: Smoking & Cancer (Contd.)

After years of bombarding each other with flat denials and unflattering recriminations, the two sides in the smoking-and-lung-cancer controversy came close to sense-making agreement last week. Previously, evidence has usually been offered at one-sided meetings—either by those who indict heavy cigarette smoking as the principal cause or by those who put the blame for lung cancer's explosive increase on general atmospheric pollution. Last week authorities from both schools met in San Francisco under auspices of the University of California* the Tobacco Industry Research Committee put up $28,000 toward expenses.

A New Zealand general practitioner, Dr. David F. Eastcott, might have been speaking...

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