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Letter From Joint Industry Consultant to Philip Morris Counsel Regarding Joint-industry Funded Research Concerning A Literature Review Pertaining to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Emphysema. [letter from Gary Huber to Shook, Hardy and Bacon in Kansas City]
Few people are held in higher esteem in the field of tobacco control than "whistleblowers," those who worked inside the industry, observed unethical deeds and then made the courageous decision to tell the rest of the world what they had seen. These peoples' knowledge of what goes on inside this powerful and secretive industry has been invaluable.
Gary Huber, M.D., a medical researcher, is considered by some to be a tobacco industry whistleblower. Dr. Huber did research about the causes of lung disease, and the tobacco industry supported his research. Dr. Huber claims that he was used by the industry, but the text of this letter indicates that Dr. Huber had an understanding not only that he was working for the tobacco industry, but that his job was to identify existing literature that was helpful or harmful to the tobacco industry, and to bring this information to the attention of the tobacco industry law firm of Shook, Hardy and Bacon.
Original document code was 2062775796.
February 8, 1989
Lee Stanford Shook, Hardy and Bacon One Kansas City Place 1200 Main Street Kansas City, MO 64105
Presumably, we soon will be able tto go forward for the purchase of my time free from clinical and administrative responsibilities at the University of Texas. The purpose of this communication is to help focus the priorities for the expenditure ofmy time on your behalf...
It is my perception that our highest priority will be to complete our review of the literature on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and emphysema that was published in 1966 and before 1966, and to sythesize that review into a workable document for your use...
We will synthesize our assessment of this literature into a coherent and comprehensive review, which will include as written [work product]...a critique fo each of these seminal articles, including a succinct one-paragraph summary of the importance of each seminal article to potential tobacco litigation...
....We have been and will continue to be particularly cognizant, in our review, of identifying literature that potentially would be most harmful to the position of the tobacco industry, as well as literature that potentially would be most helpful to the industry. In fact, every article reveiwed is given a quantifiable weighted assessment in regard to these factors. If need be, we could devleop a "worst case scenario" and a "best defense" on the basis of our efforts, if those endeavors would be of merit....
- Huber, GL
- Sandford, Lee (Shook, Hardy and Bacon)