C. Everett Koop Dies: Former Surgeon General Dead at 96 [REPORT]

By iScience Times Staff Reporter on February 25, 2013 11:36 PM EST

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Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop died at the age of 96. The cause of his death has not been revealed. (Photo: flickr.com / MoneyBlogNewz)

C. Everett Koop Dies: Former Surgeon General Dead at 96

C. Everett Koop died at his home in Hanover, New Hampshire on Monday at the age of 96. C. Everett Koop was the former surgeon general of the United States who was best known for his anti-smoking campaign and strong positions on abortion, AIDs and drugs and more.

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C. Everett Koop will be remembered as an icon of the medical sciences. "He almost always appeared in the epauleted and ribboned blue or white uniform denoting his leadership of the commissioned corps of the U.S. Public Health Service," reports the Washington Post, which asserts that Dr. Koop was the most recognized surgeon general of the 20th century.

Dr. Koop will be remembered for passionately reminding citizens of the dangers of smoking. The New York Times reports that he almost single-handedly pushed the government into taking a more aggressive stance towards AIDS. One of the more distinguishing things about C. Everett Koop was that he vehemently opposed abortion, yet never used this opposition to it morally from interesting his concerns in office. He never preached against those that were having abortions or those that were opposing abortions. C. Everett Koop took the high road.

Before he was surgeon general, C. Everett Koop was an internationally renowned pediatric surgeon. He helped set up the first neonatal intensive care at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He was the surgeon-in-chief at the hospital and was revered for his work with children's medical sciences.

C. Everett Koop will be remembered for taking on some of the big tobacco when he was part of the administration that first published reports of the effects of second-hand smoking. The reports were groundbreaking because they had an incredible impact when in came to limiting the areas in which people are able to smoke. He also helped spread information about the risks of smoking, and he boldly predicted a smoke-free society by 2000. Of course, he was wrong, but he saved millions of lives by speaking out against smoking.

That's not the only health issue that C. Everett Koop influenced in a huge way and likely saved millions of lives by doing it. C. Everett Koop also spoke out against AIDS and create programs to combat the disease before most Americans knew what it was.

Here's C. Everett Koop's greatest hits on YouTube:

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