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Harington John S.

E-mail: jackh@gecko.biol.wits.ac.za

Dr. John S. Harington, Honorary Senior Research Associate at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, received his BSc and Hons BSc at Rhodes University, his PhD at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and University College, London and his DSc at the University of London, where he worked on the biological effects of silica dust and asbestos fibres, studies of experimental carcinogenesis and epidemiological and aetiological aspects of human cancer.

In 1975 he was conferred Officier de I'Orde du Merite Social de Belgique by Prince Leopold de Croy-Soire of Belgium. In 1977 he received the A.G Oettle Memorial Medal and was proclaimed Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa. From 1981 to 1986 he was Head of Cancer Res Unit, NCA and SAIMR. In 1984 he became Fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini. From 1985 up to now he has been an Expert Witness for plaintiffs in personal injury and property damage and asbestos and silicosis-related litigation. From 1989 to 1993 he was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Community Medicine, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, New York, and in 1992 was nominated to the Council of the Mt. Sinai Medical School.

Dr. Harington is interested in environmental and occupational cancer in all ethnic groups of southern Africa, particularly in the black populations, to which half of all 140 published papers have been devoted. his papers have given special attention to cancers of the oesophagus, liver, respiratory system, HIV and AIDS-related cancers and of those of the uterine cervix and female breast. With the cooperation of the Chamber of Mines of South Africa and the labour organisation, TEBA, Dr. Harrington has recently completed an unbroken 33-year study on some 30 cancers in 12 million man-years of black labor in the gold mines of South Africa. This huge total includes primarily guest workers from Mozambique and Lesotho and from all parts of South Africa and has been instructive in both spatial and temporal aspects. The group is now diverting their attention to the aetiolgy of an unusual hip disease in an isolated part of northern Kwa-Zulu Natal where 20% of the population is affected.

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