The Daniel C. Tosteson Page

American Physiological Society biography of Daniel C. Tosteson, APS President 1973-74.

Tosteson biography / American Physiological Society

"Cover photo: Robert H. Ebert, right, with his successor as dean of the Harvard Medical School, Dr. Daniel C. Tosteson" (page 2, The Harvard Medical School Dean's Report, 1976-1977.) Page 16 notes that Julius Richmond was leaving the faculty to serve as Assistant Secretary for Health and Surgeon General. On pages 19 and 20, the names of the Overseer's Committee to Visit the Harvard Medical School and School of Dental Medicine are listed. They include Chairman Dr. John H. Knowles, President of the Rockefeller Foundation; Vice-Chairman Maurice Lazarus of Federated Department Stores; Dr. Charles C. Edwards, Senior Vice President of Becton Dickinson (and a Trustee of Ernst Wynder's American Health Foundation); William T. Golden, Corporate Director and Trustee; Mrs. Eppie Lederer, aka "Ann Landers;" and Dr. Emanuel M. Papper, Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine of the University of Miami, who was a correspondent of Florence Mahoney between 1961 and 1970.

The Harvard Medical School Dean's Report, 1976-1977 / UCSF-Legacy
Harvard Medical School Dean's Report, 1976-1977 / UCSF (pdf 41 pp)

The Harvard University Department of Social Medicine and Health Policy

"The Department of Social Medicine and Health Policy was established in 1980 by Harvard Medical School's new Dean, Dr. Daniel Tosteson, who invited Dr. Leon Eisenberg to be its chair... Dr. Julius Richmond and Dr. David Hamburg, pediatrician and psychiatrist, were also influential in DSM history. Dr. Richmond chaired the HMS Department of Preventive and Social Medicine from 1971 to 1977, then joined the Carter Administration as Assistant Secretary of Health and Surgeon General from 1977-1981... When Dr. Richmond returned to Harvard from government service in 1983, he was appointed the John D. MacArthur Professor of Health Policy." Eisenberg also appointed Allan Brandt "to teach and carry out research in the history of medicine."

Department of Social Medicine: History / Harvard University

Tosteson in the Tobacco Documents

From the Report of the Special Master: Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Recommendations Regarding Non-Liggett Privilege Claims, in the State of Minnesota and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, versus Philip Morris Inc., et al., Oct. 15-18, 1997, before Special Master Mark W. Gehan. The anti-smokers pretend that the tobacco industry terminated Gary L. Huber's research funding because he was supposedly "getting too close to some things," according to Huber's testimony in the state of Texas' lawsuit against the tobacco industry.

From the Texas transcript: Q. Now, Dr. Huber, do you believe, sir, that if you had been able to continue your experiments with rats with respect to the rats breathing smoke and developing emphysema, do you believe that you would have been able many years ago to have found the exact way that cigarette smoke causes emphysema?

A. Yes.

Q. Why do you say that, sir?

A. We had important information on -- that was advancing science on the mechanisms by which these processes could occur.

Q. And you requested funding from the cigarette companies to continue it?

A. Yes.

Q. It was not forthcoming?

A. Correct.

This is flaming nonsense. If Huber had been on the verge of such an earthshaking breakthrough, then surely the anti-smokers themselves would have been delighted to pick up the funding. But there has been no such thing, and it is ridiculous to blame the tobacco companies on the basis of such a vague and meaningless claim as Huber has made.

Furthermore, Huber's testimony contradicts his accounts at the time of the reasons for the tobacco industry's withdrawal of funding. These related to the inadequacy of the renovated, leased space being used, and to the overt hostility of Daniel C. Tosteson, Dean of the Harvard Medical School, which the obviously biased Special Master mischaracterized as merely the lack of "an appropriately conciliatory and grateful attitude toward the tobacco industry."

From the document of May 24, 1979, which would have been a truly edifying addition to the court documents had the Special Master chosen to quote from it:

Huber: "I said it was further communicated to us, and that it was now our impression, that 'You do not want the tobacco industry on the Harvard Medical School campus.'" And he asked Tosteson for "clarification."

Tosteson: "...The major problem is not your research program, but the tobacco industry. There is no question, that from the point of view of health, the tobacco industry should best cease to exist as an industry. I think to encourage through advertising persons to smoke, on which they spend vast sums of money, is a subtle form of murder. So, when your, uh, uh, I think, uh, uh... to permit the industry to continue to exist, and to permit them to advertise their product, is equivalent to permitting them..."

Elsewhere, Huber expressed the view that "Nicotine... is in my judgment, one of the safest pharmacologically beneficial agents man has available, if he can safely get it into his system."

"Dean Tosteson responded, 'I think that is... uh... uh... bullshit! Pure unadulterated bullshit."

And Tosteson also said, "I am willing to let the tobacco industry sponsor research on our campus, but I would prefer that support were given for the basic sciences and not for applied research potentially of interest to the industry." IN OTHER WORDS, TOSTESON WANTED TOBACCO INDUSTRY FUNDING TO BE RESTRICTED TO IRRELEVANT MATTERS, WHICH IS WHAT THE ANTI-SMOKING RACKETEERS THEN PROCEEDED TO USE AS AN ACCUSATION AGAINST THE COUNCIL FOR TOBACCO RESEARCH.

The tobacco industry submitted an affidavit that "Huber's recent hostility to the tobacco industry may be the result of a financial investigation conducted by Texas officials." But outrageously, the Special Master concluded that Huber's testimony "crosses the threshold of probable cause for crime fraud purposes," and that the evidence had not been rebutted by the Defendants.

Report of the Special Master / Robins Kaplan Miller Ciresi (pdf, 143 pp)
"Dean Tosteson and the Tobacco Industry" / UCSF-Legacy

The Health Effects Institute

Tosteson is on the Review Committee of the Health Effects Institute, a so-called "Partnership of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Industry." Jonathan M. Samet, the anti-smoking side's star perjuror in the Minnesota tobacco trial, is on the Research Committee. The HEI produces junk science propaganda hyping the supposed dangers of low levels of particulates, with the funding of those very industries which would be victimized by the consequent regulations.

Committees / The Health Effects Institute

The Washington Advisory Group

Daniel C. Tosteson is a member of the Lasker Foundation-associated Washington Advisory Group, which is presently engaged in the disbursal of the tobacco settlement money of the states of Michigan and Ohio to their cronies.

Tosteson bio / Washington Advisory Group (pdf)

Carl J. Shapiro Institute for Education and Research

The Carl J. Shapiro Institute for Education and Research, co-founded in 1996 by Daniel Tosteson (then Dean of Harvard Medical School) and fellow Washington Advisory Group member Mitchell T. Rabkin (then President of Beth Israel Hospital), provides grants and seed money for various projects.

Carl J. Shapiro Institute for Education and Research

The Harvard Mahoney Neuroscience Institute

The Harvard Mahoney Neuroscience Institute 1993 "Dialogues on the Brain" media events: David Mahoney, the Institute's funder; Daniel Tosteson, Dean of the Harvard Medical School; and Gerald Fischbach, president of the Institute and head of the Department of Neurobiology, with media shills Anastasia Toufexis of Time magazine, Nils Bruzelius of the Boston Globe, and Paul Raeburn of the Associated Press; 1995 award to Nancy Reagan; and the 1997 tribute for Mike Wallace of CBS News, with Daniel Tosteson, who retired as Dean later that year.

Harvard Mahoney Neuroscience Institute 1993 / Harvard Med School
Harvard Mahoney Neuroscience Institute 1995 / Harvard Med School
Harvard Mahoney Neuroscience Institute, 1997 / Harvard Med School

Albany Medical Center

Tosteson is on the Selection Committee of the Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research, along with Robert G. Petersdorf and RWJF President Steven A. Schroeder.

Prize in Medicine / Albany Medical Center

The University of Chicago

Tosteson is on the Visiting Committee of the Council for the Division of Biological Sciences and the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago. Lasker ally, former Rep. Paul G. Rogers (R-FL) is also a member.

Visiting Committee / University of Chicago

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