Incorporating history into public health

Dr. Robert Proctor, professor at Stanford and author of Golden Holocaust, has been using history’s lessons for many years to further public health. Golden Holocaust highlights the tobacco industry’s creation and manipulation of the cigarette to make it “the deadliest artifact in the history of human civilization”. Proctor’s research and work centers around the idea of prevention, one that we think is very worthwhile. His skill to describe the invasiveness of tobacco on human health through history is a powerful tool. We all know tobacco use is bad; Dr. Proctor helps us understand how it continues to be the number one preventable cause of death in the United States, let alone the world.

Check out the Stanford Medicine SCOPE blog post with Dr. Proctor’s interview below.

 

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