LeMaistre, Charles: Betrayal
Dr. LeMaistre begins by discussing the massive spread of disease and cancer which was occurring at the time the Advisory Committee to Surgeon’s General on Smoking and Health was formed. Dr. LeMaistre then talks about the events that led to the creation of the Advisory Committee on June 19, 1962. Dr. LeMaistre explains that this committee was formed to assess the evidence of the causal connection between health and smoking. Surgeon General Terry served as chairman with 10 other members. Next, Dr. LeMaistre discusses how the committee realized there must be new approach to the evaluation of existing scientific evidence to determine causation or the study would fail. Then Dr. LeMaistre talks about how the new criteria revolutionized epidemiology, and discusses the results of the report as well as the effects.