Episode 46: Cause and Effect


Does smoking cause lung cancer? How could you ever know? The second in a three-part series on causality, I’m joined by Dr. Shoshana Herzig to discuss how Austin Bradford Hill and Richard Doll set out to try and answer this question — and along the way revolutionized the way we think about what causes disease. Along the way, we’ll talk about the first double-blinded randomized controlled trial, the long shadow of infectious disease and TB in particular, and why epidemiology done well is beautiful. Plus, a brand new #AdamAnswers about chest compressions!

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