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Title: Adele B. Croninger PapersAdd to your cart.
ID: FC/FC069
Extent: 1.0 Linear Feet
Predominant Dates: 1938-1959
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Adele Croninger (1920-1968) was a geologist best known for her work in cancer research on the studies of smoking habits and lung cancer rates under the guidance of Ernst Wynder and Evarts Graham at Washington University School of Medicine. Croninger initially recieved a master's degree in geology from the university in 1948, but she opted to embark in cancer research at the medical school after graduation. She and Betty G. Proctor conducted the interviews for the study, which was released in 1950 to widespread publicity. Due to controversial evidence in the study, Wynder and Graham decided to develop a follow-up study using cigarette tar on laboratory mice. Croninger was again hired to assist in the second study and proved herself to be such an adept worker that she was named as a co-author when the study was published in five parts between 1953 and 1958, immediately becoming a historical turning point for its linkage of cigarette smoking to lung cancer.
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Preferred Citation: [Item description, Box number, Folder number], Adele B. Croninger Papers, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University School of Medicine.
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