Milton B Rosenblatt

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Milton Rosenblatt was an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at New York Medical College. He was also a tobacco industry secret lobbyist who was paid by the Council for Tobacco Research (CTR) (the successor to the TIRC ), not in the normal way -- which would have involved scrutiny by the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) -- but through the tobacco industry's secret Special Account #4 which was handled by the Ad Hoc Committee of company lawyers. This was to ensure that the scientist/academic remained 'untainted' and could be used as a witness in court cases, or present himself at Congressional or local ordinance hearings as an authority who was 'independent' of tobacco industry influences.

Documents & Timeline

1943/E Teaching at the New York Postgraduate Medical School of Columbia University.

1944 Became President of the Medical Board of Doctors Hospital, New York City, and Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at New York Medical College. [2]

1953 As a specialist now in pulmonary diseases, he says :

" "The recent ability to diagnose lung cancer plus the fact that it occurs only in older age groups, which have increased tremendously during the past two decades, seems sufficient to explain the increased incidence in the disease." [3]

1954 Mar 26. the Tobacco Industry Research Committee (TIRC) was still seeking a Research Director. Their PR firm Hill & Knowlton were circulating a release by Milton Rosenblatt which suggested that the incidence of lung-cancer was due to X-rays and to better detection. He dismisses the mouse studies as worthless.

However Dr Morton L Levin, of the New York State Health Department was saying outright that cigarettes caused lung cancer because the incidence was 10 times more in smokers than in non-smokers. [4]

1962 Rosenblatt is mounting an attack on the findings of Ernst Wynder [5]

1971 Feb 28 The audit for the CTR's secret Special Account #4 (six months only) shows: Disbursements :-
Consultants' Fees and Expenses :-

Auditing ...................$ 225.00 ........... $17,257.29
Cash in Bank - Feb 28 1971 ........ $54,674.64
[Note: there was also a $500 reimbursement to the Canadian Tobacco Industry for a sum advanced to Dr Rene Cederlof [6]