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Lewis C Robbins
Lewis Robbins founded an early medical risk analysis society, the Society of Prospective Medicine to promote the idea of Preventive Medicine. He and his associate Dr Jack Hall created the Robbins/Hall Health Hazards Appraisal technique (using standardised tests and recording) which was intended to changing life-style problems, such as smoking.
1996 Nov 4: Deposition of Lester B Breslow for Mississippi vs Tobacco litigation.
Asked to Who was Lewis Robbins?
A. He was an officer of the Public Health Service, and after he retired or left, I'm not quite sure which, he developed an approach to what he called prospective medicine.
In fact, I think he formed a society of predictive medicine. [later he says: "In very general terms, I would say he was reputable."]
Q. What is predictive medicine?
A. It is the ascertainment of risk factors in people that may lead to subsequent disease and a medical approach to those risk factors.
For example, if you identified cigarette smoking as a practice which was likely to lead to disease or premature mortality, then a predictive medicine would have physicians endeavor to deal with the smoking habits of the patients. That would be an example of what I understand to be predictive medicine.
I don't recall exactly when he left the Public Health Service. And then I don't recall exactly where, what agency he went, but I knew that it was — I recall it was outside the Public Health Service that he developed this Society of Predictive Medicine.
[Note: The name of the society is sometimes mistakenly written as Society of Predictive Medicine]