Mark parascandola, Ph.D.

Mark Parascandola held his Stetten Fellowship from 1997-1998.  With his dual training in science and philosophy Parascandola studied the NCI’s role establishing the role of smoking in certain types of cancer, and how epidemiological risk was played out in various contexts.  He has authored numerous published articles on tobacco products, the history of tobacco control research, and public health policy. His areas of research interest include tobacco control policy, ethical issues in public health, and epidemiologic methods.

Parascandola received his PhD in Philosophy from Cambridge University and his MPH in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health.  He is currently an Epidemiologist with the Tobacco Control Research Branch of the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Selected Publications:

with D.L. Weed, A. Dasgupta, “Two Surgeon General's reports on smoking and cancer: a historical investigation of the practice of causal inference,” Emerging Themes in Epidemiology, 2006, 3(1).

“ Lessons from the history of tobacco harm reduction: The National Cancer Institute's Smoking and Health Program and the "less hazardous cigarette," Nicotine  &Tobacco Research, 2005,5:779-89.

“Science, industry, and tobacco harm reduction: a case study of tobacco industry scientists' involvement in the National Cancer Institute's Smoking and Health Program, 1964-1980,” Public Health Reports, 2005, 120(3):338-49.

“Skepticism, statistical methods, and the cigarette: a historical analysis of a methodological debate,” Perspectives in Biology & Medicine, 2004, 47(2):244-61.

“Hazardous effects of tobacco industry funding,” Journal of the Epidemiology of Community Health, 2003, 57(8):548-9.

“Uncertain science and a failure of trust. The NIH radioepidemiologic tables and compensation for radiation-induced cancer, Isis, 2002, 93(4):559-84.

with DL Weed, “Causation in epidemiology,” Journal of the Epidemiology of Community Health, 2001, 55(12):905-12.

“Cigarettes and the U.S. Public Health Service in the 1950s,” American Journal of Public Health, 2001, 91(2):196-205.

 “From All-Purpose Anodyne to Marker of Deviance: Physicians' Attitudes Toward Opiates from 1890 to 1940,” in R. Porter and M. Teich, eds., Drugs and Narcotics in History (Cambridge University Press: 1995).

“Stigma or Legitimation? A Historical Examination of the Social Potentials of Addiction Disease Models,” Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 1993.

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