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Irving J. Selikoff Obituary

The following is an obituary on Dr. Selikoff published by the New York Times on Friday, May 22, 1992.

Dr. Irving Selikoff, the co-discoverer of a treatment for tuberculosis, who went on to prove the hazards of asbestos, died on Wednesday. He was 77.

In 1952, he demonstrated the effectiveness of isoniazid as a new tuberculosis medicine. It proved to be a major advance in controlling the disease, and is still widely used. He went on to find that people who worked with asbestos for less than a week had scarred lungs 30 years later. He led a campaign against the use of asbestos, which prompted the Federal Government to impose restrictions on its use.

His work won awards from the American Public Health Association, the NY Academy of Sciences, and the American Cancer Society. He was born in Brooklyn. He graduated from Columbia University and retired as division director at Mount Sinai in 1985.

Used with the permission of The New York Times

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