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Dare to Disagree Summary

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Dare to Disagree Summary

Stop avoiding conflict. Welcome it. “Dare to Disagree.”

About Margaret Heffernan

Margaret Heffernan

Margaret Heffernan is a corporate speaker and a former CEO of a few e-commerce companies.

“Dare to Disagree Summary”

During the 1950s, Dr Alice Stewart, provoked by the increasing incidents of childhood cancers, decided to examine them.

Her studies resulted in one common factor that she could find in most of the cases: while pregnant with the children, their mothers had undergone x-rays.

After she published her findings, Dr Stewart and her study received tons of attention.

However, the publicity of her research did nothing to stop the practices of the doctors at the time, since the results were contrary to the beliefs of the medical community.

So, doctors decided to shut their eyes and continued to X-ray their patients for another two and a half decades.

Although no one else followed her suggestions, Stewart knew she was right.

But, she was not left alone in her quest – her collaborator Geroge Kneale used his statistician’s expertise to test her research and try to disprove it.

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