Commencement Address Presented at Colby College, Waterville, Maine
In a cycle of six commencement addresses delivered the year before he left office, of which this speech is the first, Koop
sought to define his ethical legacy for a new generation of physicians who were entering the medical profession at a time
of rising health care costs, managed health care, increasing disparities in access to health care, and AIDS. The physician's
relationship with his or her patients and their families, a relationship that Koop himself had learned to cultivate during
his thirty-five-year career as a pediatric surgeon, remained for him the key to the success or failure of modern medicine
in improving people's health and longevity.
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1988-05-29 (May 29, 1988)
Koop, C. Everett
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