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Everett Koop — from pariah to paragon

Mike Daube
Med J Aust 2013; 198 (9): 469. || doi: 10.5694/mja13.10512
Published online: 20 May 2013

Leading tobacco-control advocate Mike Daube pays his respects to an elder statesman of American public health

If former United States Surgeon General Everett Koop, who died on 25 February at the age of 96, had died in 1981, obituaries would have described him as a distinguished and innovative paediatric surgeon and teacher, widely known for his evangelical Christianity and his leadership in the antiabortion movement that endeared him to many conservatives in the US.

  • Mike Daube

  • Curtin University, Perth, WA.

Correspondence: m.daube@curtin.edu.au

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