C. Everett Koop

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C. Everett Koop (1980s)

Charles Everett Koop M.D. (October 14, 1916February 25, 2013) was an American physician. He served as the Surgeon General of the United States from 1982 to 1989, under Ronald Reagan's presidency.


  • I might be better able to help parents of dying children, but for quite a while I felt less able, too emotionally involved. And from that time on, I could rarely discuss the death of a child without tears welling up into my eyes.
    • Koop: The Memoirs of America's Family Doctor (1993), p. 126.
  • Each day of those early years in pediatric surgery I felt I was on the cutting edge. Some of the surgical problems that landed on the operating table at Children's had not even been named. Many of the operations I performed had never been done before. It was an exuberant feeling, but also a little scary. At times I was troubled by fears that I wasn't doing things the right way, that I would have regrets, or that someone else had performed a certain procedure successfully but had never bothered to write it up for the medical journals, or if they had I couldn't find it.
    • Koop: The Memoirs of America's Family Doctor (1993), p. 127.
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