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The Nation's Doctor

Paulus Textor Wrote: Mar 02, 2013 7:55 AM
Conservatives and libertarians BOTH should be creeped-out by the very title of this piece. Does anyone who believes in small, limited government really think there should even be such an office as "THE NATION'S DOCTOR"?

The surgeon general of the United States needn't be a surgeon. And he may be a general -- or admiral -- only in name. The rank is essentially a civil office -- despite the dress whites and gold braid. Indeed, it was largely an honorary title before Ronald Reagan chose a physician by the name of C. Everett Koop for the appointment.

Dr. Koop, who died this week at the grand old age of 96, was indeed a surgeon and a fine one (his specialty was pediatric surgery at Children's in Philadelphia) and he soon became a household name. And a...