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Smoking: The Cancer Controversy.

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By FISHER RONALD A.Sir . , SC.D., F.R.S. 47 pages; 22.5 X 14.5 cm. (paper-bound). Oliver and Boyd; , Edinburgh, Scotland: . 1959.. Price, 2s6d.


Ann Intern Med. 1959;51(5):1116. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-51-5-1116_1
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Probably the most eminent statistician of the period 1920-1950, Sir Ronald Fisher has plunged into the debate on the significance of the association of smoking and lung cancer. Through means of the pamphlet under review, he presents the content of five previously published essays and discusses the issue of inhaling in relation to the interpretation of the smoking-cancer hypothesis.

Dr. Fisher suggests by the use of strong language that the statistically proved association between smoking and lung cancer is far from sufficient evidence to infer that smoking causes lung cancer ". . . further investigation seems, however, to have degenerated

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