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On Being First in Epidemiology

Stellman, Steven D.

This is a commentary on a paper by Alfredo Morabia (Prev Med 2012; 55: 171–177) titled "Quality, originality, and significance of the 1939 paper by Muller 'Tobacco consumption and lung carcinoma'." Morabia challenges a long-standing myth that Muller's paper, from Nazi Germany, was the first important study linking cigarette smoking to lung cancer. Stellman's commentary provides additional context that contrasts the limited public health significance of Muller with the later, seminal works of Wynder and Doll.


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