A Doctor Prescribes Hard Truth: C. EVERETT KOOP

C. EVERETT KOOP, America's Surgeon General, has an opinion on everything healthful, but he nonetheless enjoys meat and martinis

He is, by Washington standards, a little strange. First, there is the uniform draped with gold braid he insists on wearing. Before he became famous, it prompted people at airports to pile him with baggage and ask what time the flight was leaving. Then there is the big, clunky hearing aid that he takes out and fusses with right in the middle of a conversation, as if it were a pipe, and the canvas tote he uses as a briefcase, and his habit of loudly cracking his knuckles. On top of that there are the Old Testament beard and the preacher's...

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