Public Health Classics

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Between 1940 and 1971, a synthetic form of estrogen called diethylstilbestrol (DES) was prescribed to pregnant women to prevent miscarriage and premature labor. This practice changed abruptly, though, after the New England Journal of Medicine published a dramatic new finding from a study of young women diagnosed with a rare cancer in two Boston hospitals.

Two landmark studies among civil servants in England helped public health researchers develop a nuanced perspective on the relationship between socioeconomic position and health.

Public health classic: Surgeon General’s 1964 Report on Smoking and Health

The 1964 Surgeon General’s report on “Smoking and Health” was not the first to report the grave hazards of smoking, but it capture public attention and set the ball in motion for the nation’s first tobacco control measures.