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One of the world’s leading epidemiologists, Professor Emeritus Olav Axelson, MD died suddenly on 1 March after a short period of illness. He was 66 years old.
Olav Axelson was born in Alingsås, Sweden, on 1 May 1937. He received his medical training in Gothenburg, Sweden and worked for a number of years as a physician in internal medicine at Skövde general hospital. In 1969 he came to the newly established Clinic of Occupational Medicine in Örebro, Sweden, where he also started his scientific career by doing the first Swedish epidemiological study concerning the connection between radon exposure in mines and miners’ lung cancer.
In the meeting with Professor Olli Miettinen, from McGill University, during courses in epidemiological methodology in the 1970s, Olav Axelson found a peer and valued discussion partner as well as …