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In the 1970s and early 1980s, acute respiratory infections were a major cause of mortality for young children in developing countries. A study by Frank Shann and colleagues led to protocols that have since become the basis of controlling and treating these infections in children.
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.
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.