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Mon Feb 25, 2013, 05:01 PM

C. Everett Koop, ex-surgeon general, dies in NH

Source: AP

C. Everett Koop, who raised the profile of the surgeon general by riveting America's attention on the then-emerging disease known as AIDS and by railing against smoking, has died in New Hampshire at age 96.

An assistant at Koop's Dartmouth institute, Susan Wills, said he died Monday in Hanover, where he had a home. She didn't disclose his cause of death.

Koop wielded the previously low-profile post of surgeon general as a bully pulpit for seven years during the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations.

An evangelical Christian, he shocked his conservative supporters when he endorsed condoms and sex education to stop the spread of AIDS.

Read more: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OBIT_KOOP?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-02-25-16-58-30

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Reply C. Everett Koop, ex-surgeon general, dies in NH (Original post)
Tx4obama Feb 2013 OP
graham4anything Feb 2013 #1
freshwest Feb 2013 #25
CaliforniaPeggy Feb 2013 #2
Skittles Feb 2013 #3
hrmjustin Feb 2013 #4
TwilightGardener Feb 2013 #5
earthside Feb 2013 #6
StrongBad Feb 2013 #8
earthside Feb 2013 #10
ballaratocker Feb 2013 #23
earthside Feb 2013 #27
handmade34 Feb 2013 #7
aint_no_life_nowhere Feb 2013 #9
denverbill Feb 2013 #11
Ezlivin Feb 2013 #12
Tempest Feb 2013 #13
Ken Burch Feb 2013 #14
AAO Feb 2013 #15
alp227 Feb 2013 #16
jsr Feb 2013 #17
Scairp Feb 2013 #18
RILib Feb 2013 #20
RILib Feb 2013 #19
BigDemVoter Feb 2013 #21
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Historic NY Feb 2013 #24
uppityperson Feb 2013 #26
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msanthrope Feb 2013 #31
blkmusclmachine Feb 2013 #32
duffyduff Feb 2013 #33

Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 05:05 PM

1. rest in peace Dr. Koop, one of the first to advocate for Wellness

 

Dr. Koop would be for a nationwide ban on 48 ounce sodas, and all cigarettes.


As he lived to 96, Dr. Koop obviously practiced what he preached.

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 08:09 PM

25. Yes, he did exactly that. A good man.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 05:06 PM

2. He was a good man, and a good doctor...

May he rest in peace. My condolences to his family and to all who loved him.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 05:07 PM

3. regarding AIDS, Dr. Koop put health above politics and religion

amazing considering he was a evangelical Christian

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 05:09 PM

4. May he rest in peace.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 05:14 PM

5. A good long life and a good legacy--not bad.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 05:16 PM

6. Made extra famous by the Be Sharps.

"For all the latest medical poop,
Call Surgeon General C. Everett Koop.
Poo poo pa-doop."



RIP

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Response to earthside (Reply #6)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 05:21 PM

8. That song was worse than their song about Mr. T.

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Response to StrongBad (Reply #8)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 05:23 PM

10. Yup.

Their run was just about over when they did the Koop song.

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Response to StrongBad (Reply #8)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 07:29 PM

23. I pity the fool who doesn't like....

he.

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Response to ballaratocker (Reply #23)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 08:35 PM

27. Here it is: Be Sharp's Tribute to Koop

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 05:20 PM

7. I used to see him often

at Mary-Hitchcock Hospital when my late husband was there... he was always pleasant...

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 05:22 PM

9. He was a champion of something called prolotherapy

He wrote an intro to a book on the technique where he described being skeptical about it until it actually worked for him to remove his pain. Prolotherapy is a controversial technique whereby a doctor injects salt water or other fluids into arthritic joints to promote scar tissue that stabilizes it and allegedly reduces pain. Some doctors promote it as a substitute for invasive surgery.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 05:26 PM

11. I think I'll remember him best for DrKoop.com. One of the biggest internet busts of all time.

http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2010/technology/1003/gallery.dot_com_busts/8.html

I don't blame him for that though.

All in all, he seemed like a pretty good sort.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 05:31 PM

12. If every politician could do this, we'd be way ahead

Dr. Koop knew very well that evangelical beliefs should not be implemented as public policy.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 05:52 PM

13. A good man, a good public servant

R.I.P.

Best wishes to his family.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 05:54 PM

14. One of the last Republicans to put common sense and decency before ideology.

If Koop had reacted to the AIDS crisis in the way most of his party wanted(finger-wagging sanctimony mixed with willful inaction)millions more might have died.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 05:57 PM

15. He was 20 years ahead of his time.

 

If he were SG today, there would be much more useful truth out there.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 06:07 PM

16. He endorsed Life Alert in recent years. RIP Dr. Koop.

Ever seen those "Help I've fallen and I can't get up" commercials with an endorsement spot from Dr. Koop?

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 06:10 PM

17. R.I.P.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 06:30 PM

18. Wow 96

And someone actually asked his cause of death? Hello, he was closing in on 100, maybe that was his cause of death? Good guy. Isn't he the one who put out those mailers about AIDS, really the first government attempt to try and bring awareness?

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Response to Scairp (Reply #18)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 07:24 PM

20. and married again at 94.

 

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 07:22 PM

19. A good man

 

we have so few of them nowadays.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 07:24 PM

21. He actually wasn't bad. . . . .

Considering that he was Reagan's Surgeon General, one would have thought he would have been a disaster. . . . He stepped up to the plate regarding AIDS, and he was able to leave his conservative Christianity at the door when it came to medical issues.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 07:28 PM

22. Every time I think of Koop I think of Rodney Dangerfield ...

"Yesterday I met the Surgeon General. He gave me a cigarette."

No disrespect meant to Dr. Koop.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 07:59 PM

24. Godspeed Dr. Koop long life....

and you took care of people.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 08:18 PM

26. I liked and appreciated Koop. RIP Dr Koop and thank you.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 09:59 PM

28. Met him back in the late 90s

He was a good friend of my sociology professor and came to my university a lot. - nice guy and very humble.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 10:30 PM

29. His anti-smoking work rocked the world

Remember when people smoked anywhere and everywhere? That might still have been the case if not for Koop's publicizing the public health menace that is secondhand smoke.

He put the greater good above his personal beliefs, much to the consternation of the conservatives.

Thank you, Dr. Koop.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 01:20 AM

30. Rest in peace, Dr. Koop, and thank you for your service

Dr. Koop was one of the good guys.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 01:57 AM

31. Rest in Peace, Patriot. nt

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 02:56 AM

32. C.E.K., about the only decent thing out of the dark 80s Reagan/Bush Era

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 03:34 PM

33. Best SG we ever had

He was what could be called non-partisan.

That is sadly lacking in today's political atmosphere.

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