Phyllis is concerned for Roseanne Dawley, who delivered her baby daughter herself but is now a nervous and unconfident mother, ultimately leaving her older husband Denis literally holding the baby as she disappears. In ratifying the situation Phyllis discovers that Roseanne has a less than innocent past and is frightened her daughter will take after her. Meanwhile Dr Turner, alarmed at the high incidences of lung disease in the area, opens a specialist clinic, unaware of the link between cancer and smoking and Fred has trouble coping when he has to run his wife's shop after she has done her back in.
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Did You Know?
Dr. Turner's initial stance that cigarettes did not necessarily cause lung cancer is an accurate portrayal of doctors in this era. Lung cancer was once an extremely rare disease, but the mass production and marketing of cigarettes caused a global epidemic of the disease in the 20th century. Scientific evidence that cigarettes were the cause of the epidemic existed as early as the 1940s, but cigarette manufacturers disputed this and aggressively issued denialist propaganda to both the public and medical professionals. By 1960, two-thirds of all doctors in the United States did not believe smoking cigarettes had been proven to cause cancer. Until the 1960s, the UK Ministry of Health declined to consider public health education campaigns warning of the dangers of smoking, as some of its civil servants did not believe it caused cancer and also because they feared any campaign would create a cancer "phobia" that would overwhelm the new National Health Services. See more
Timothy Turner references "The Lancer" to his father when trying to remind him that smoking causes cancer. The actual name is "The Lancet," one of the oldest and most respected medical journals in the world. See more
Buttons and Bows
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