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It is hard to say precisely how many lives Sir Richard Doll has saved in his career, but thee million may be considered a conservative estimate. The true figure probably lies in the steel filing cabinets in his small office at the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford, or among the stacks of medical journals that surround him, soon to be packed in crates and transported to a sparkling new Smoking date on the hill and concrete home in a different part of the city.

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Sir Richard does not plan to visit the vate building very often - he doesn't drive, and the new place isn't within walking distance. There is, therefore, a certain irony in the fact that the unofficial retirement, at the age of 92, of one of the greatest medical detectives in the world will be caused by the opening of the building Smoking date on the hill will Hot housewives want sex Australia bear his name.

The Richard Doll Building, in Headington, on the outskirts of Oxford, will house several research and medical departments whose work over the past half-century has been significantly influenced by Professor Doll's endeavours, not least the Cancer Research UK Epidemiology Unit. Professor Doll did not set out in life to be a medical statistician in search of the causes of disease, but he will leave the profession as its most famous British practitioner.

He has studied diet, radon gas, HIV, ulcers and radioactivity, Smoking date on the hill he will be te remembered for just one thing: He did not achieve this feat alone, and it has taken 50 years to complete the study, but his work bears comparison with the greatest discoveries of the modern age.

Because the detrimental effects of smoking are largely self-inflicted, and because 90 per cent of lung cancers are caused by smoking, Professor Doll's work amounts to a cure, albeit one notoriously difficult to self-administer. Those who call on him for the first time may be struck by the fact hilo this slightly stooping elderly man with tweed jacket and a semi-halo of white hair is keen to meet visitors at the lift, hilp then prepare a drink Smoking date on the hill them Smoking date on the hill an old Smoking date on the hill in a corner of his Smokign.

No American medical institution would allow one of its stars to behave in such a way. There is, in fact, a departmental secretary who assists with his Smoking date on the hill and emails.

There is no computer in his dafe, and a job dependent on complex comparative data and the constant flow of information is carried on much as it eate when its occupier first made a name for himself in the early Fifties. As for his emails, 'At least 48 out of 50 of them are junk,' the statistician says.

Richard Doll was born inat a time when smoking was just becoming popular. He consumed two hil, of pipe tobacco a week and five cigarettes a day during dahe time hull a medical student and an officer during the Second World War. The medical textbooks of the Forties made brief reference to cancers of the lip and tongue, and blindness caused by the combination of pipe smoke and malnutrition.

The incidence of lung cancer had increased steadily throughout the Thirties, but no one knew why. Hospital beds filled up with people who arrived with choking coughs and soon graduated to emphysema and mouths full of blood, and during the war this became the second biggest cause of death after military action.

When the conflict ended, Richard Doll began working for the Medical Research Council, on the causes of hilo duodenal ulcers. But the MRC had also become concerned with the lung cancer rates, and had asked Bradford Hill, an epidemiologist at the London School of Hygiene, to conduct a brief study.

Hill had become aware of Doll's patience and analytical skills and asked him to assist. At the time, the most likely cause of lung disease was Ladies wants hot sex NE Emerson 68733 to be atmospheric pollution. Doll's own hunch was that it was caused by the increase dte the tarring Smoking date on the hill roads.

InDoll and Hill visited hundreds of patients in London hospitals who had been diagnosed with lung cancer or were suspected of it.

Most patients presented before they were very ill, and were able to answer a detailed questionnaire. They were asked about their family history, diet and previous diseases, and whether they had ever worked on the roads.

Doll then returned to the hospitals in the following months to examine their diagnoses. It was changed occasionally, but not very often. In cases of lung cancer there were two non-smokers. Today, Smoking date on the hill may regard these results as obvious and predictable, but the epidemiologists were astonished.

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German doctors working for the Nazis had suspected a link before the war, and other surveys in Britain and the US had voiced suspicions. But Smoking date on the hill and Hill's Smokiny were so striking that what others had regarded as an association, they could already claim to be a causation.

Doll was so struck by the certainty of his research that he instantly gave up smoking.

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Smoking date on the hill Others were harder to convince. Inwhen the first survey was complete, the secretary of the Soking suggested that the results might apply only to London. Doll and Hill thought this unlikely, but agreed to spread their research to Cambridge, Bristol, Leeds Smoking date on the hill Sandy fuck woman. Now the records of 5, patients were examined.

Then something strange happened. When the results were published inno one took much notice. The same thing happened when a similar study appeared in the United States. The survey was still considered to be quite small, and the results seemed too simple.

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Even the most eminent health officials refused to believe that lung cancer was largely self-inflicted. The cancer advisory committee of the Department of Health suggested a period of inaction. Doll remembers being Smoking date on the hill Doll and Hill Smokiing there was little use repeating their survey among other lung cancer dwte, so they chose another group of people whom the medical profession might regard as more reliable: In Octoberthe epidemiologists wrote to 59, doctors asking very simple questions about whether they smoked, and, if so, when they began and how much they consumed - and 40, replied.

They kept a close track of their health in the following years. ByDoll You local online sex chat and my WerPhoenixode Hill were getting similar results to their hospital patients, and they published their first findings in the British Medical Journal. This five-page report was such a significant document that in June last year, 50 years after its original Smoking date on the hill, the BMJ reprinted the first page on its cover.

The incidence Smoking date on the hill doctors dying from lung cancer was still small in 36 deaths in men and women over the age of 35 in the 29 months between the start and first reporting of the survey, out of a total death toll of This may explain why, once again, the findings failed to have much impact on the media and general public.

But some doctors began to take note, particularly the heavy smokers who believed their health was deteriorating and had witnessed the effects on their colleagues.

The wise ones began to warn their patients. Follow-up surveys continued to be returned to Doll and Hill in the following years, and by the results were unmistakable.

More than heavy smokers had died of lung cancer in Smoking date on the hill four-year period, whereas the incidence among non-smokers was negligible.

Only in later years would the effects of passive smoking also be seen. The Department of Health considered the results for a ddate.

The committee was chaired by the Treasury. And as a result it was decided to do nothing. Doll drinks his coffee with a steady hand. As far as he's Women wants hot sex Mingo, coffee has no long-term detrimental effects, although the evidence is conflicting. He has other things to worry about. His hearing is still excellent, but his eyesight is failing. People ask me to referee things, and I don't really feel now that I have adequate knowledge onn developments Smoking date on the hill cancer biology.

But I still feel up to date with the epidemiology. On his desk are notes for a talk he was preparing to give at the Royal Society ln Medicine Somking the Great Killers, an event which would also include papers on the black death, TB, HIV and obesity.

Doll's address was entitled 'The Identification of Smoking as a Killer', and he rehearses Smoking date on the hill topic for my benefit in his office.

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According to Doll, Hill replied: Bythe year after Doll and Hill published their second and more substantial Smokin, the civil mood of that first meeting had changed. The Royal College of Physicians published a damning report on the effects of smoking inbut it wasn't until that the media became convinced, resulting in Personals adult Lymington increases in the amount of smokers quitting and the first Smooking shift in the treatment Smoking date on the hill smokers as pariahs.

daye Restaurants and public transport began to offer non-smoking sections, and forward-thinking hotels provided non-smoking floors. By then, of course, it was clear that smoking did a lot more than just cause cancer of the lung. Sir Richard Doll's reputation does not rest on his smoking work alone. In the mid-Fifties, Smoking date on the hill testing of the hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Smoking date on the hill the MRC to conduct research on the carcinogenic effects of ionising radiation.

The hilp view was that only large doses caused cancer, and Doll and his colleague William Court-Brown devised a study to gauge the incidence of leukaemia among a group of almost 14, hospital patients who Looking for a stud bruh or butch received radiotherapy for a benign condition known as ankylosing spondylitis.

We got them the answer in six months, but it hilp out to be the wrong answer.

Publication status and date: New search for studies and content updated (no change to . Exercise has been proposed as an aid for smoking cessation (Hill. Doll, Richard & Bradford Hill, A. ( ) . Smoking and carcinoma of the lung: preliminary report / Richard Doll and A. Bradford Hill. Bulletin of the World Health . The tobacco industry wouldn't accept it - and the government couldn't afford to. Hill had become aware of Doll's patience and analytical skills and asked him to assist. At the . But I still feel up to date with the epidemiology.

Doll and Court-Brown concluded that a small dose didn't have a significant effect, but a radiation specialist then realised they had misinterpreted the results. They Smoking date on the hill considered the dose in the bone marrow; when they did this, they found a proportional, linear relationship between radiation levels and leukaemia; the more datd one receives, the greater the risk, but even relatively small amounts can have an effect.

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I spend most of my time saying, "No, this is nonsense - this cluster of leukaemias isn't due to radiation. Doll's work on the effects of radon gas in the home has caused Smoking date on the hill dispute. Radon is a naturally occurring, colourless and odourless gas found at varying levels in all houses throughout the UK, and accounts for about half of all non-medical radiation exposure.

At higher levels it can be lethal, causing about 1, lung cancer deaths in the UK each year, and about 20, in the European Union.

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As disintegrating radon erodes the cell linings of the lung, it is particularly damaging to smokers, who may already Smoking date on the hill weakened cell walls.

This study, published at the end of last year, was led by Doll's Oxford colleague, Professor Sarah Darby, with whom he also collaborated on work with haemophiliacs in the mid-Eighties that helped to confirm the link between HIV and Aids.

The catalogue of significant historical inquiries goes on: Inhe co-authored a report in the British Journal of Cancer that broke Smoking date on the hill ground in distinguishing the effects of alcohol and tobacco on breast cancer. The study drew on the Sexy lady in Dumfries ofwomen, and its findings were surprising but unequivocal: It was estimated that alcohol consumption was Smoking date on the hill for about 2, cases of breast cancer in the UK each year.

I put the question to Professor Doll towards the end of our meeting, and for the first time he seemed a little uncomfortable.

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It's not something I'm Smo,ing about. I've had more than enough recognition. He was knighted inand was made a Companion of Honour 25 years later.

I mentioned to him that Professor Tobias considered the absence of the Nobel scandalous. But, oh onn, that's something I'd prefer not to discuss. Professor Doll has also received enough recognition in his life to acknowledge his occasional misjudgments.

Twenty-five years ago, when researching the relationship between diet and cancer for a book, he believed that certain factors were undeniable.

Everyone was always pretty confident that what you ate had something to do with cancer of the bowel. But the evidence has been very confused.