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Letter from C. Everett Koop to Howard C. Filston, Duke University Medical Center pdf (70,786 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from C. Everett Koop to Howard C. Filston, Duke University Medical Center
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1983-05-31 (May 31, 1983)
Koop, C. Everett
Filston, Howard C.
Duke University Medical Center
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Congenital Birth Defects and the Medical Rights of Children: The "Baby Doe" Controversy
Metadata Record Letter from Howard C. Filston, Duke University Medical Center to C. Everett Koop (March 28, 1983) pdf (146,000 Bytes) transcript of pdf
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Letters (correspondence)
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Folder: Jun. 1983
June 2 1983
Dear Howard:
I feel guilty for not having responded to your letter of late March earlier than this. Because of litigation I am prohibited from communicating on the subject of Infant Doe Regulations and, in addition to that, my four nights out of ten away from Washington, including a lot of foreign travel, make it difficult to keep up with correspondence.
I am not going to go into any explanation of Infant Doe at this time; I would like to do that with you in person. I was not happy about the way certain things were carried out although, as you know, I am thoroughly in favor of the intent of the Regulation which is to prevent the starving to death of children with handicaps.
I have succeeded in bringing together the various groups that sued HHS and acted as interpreter for them to HHS and vice versa. Subsequent meetings I think have been fruitful and I am in hopes that when the new Regs are published as a Notice of Proposed Rule Making with a sixty-day response period, that we can come to a meeting of the minds and achieve the ends of the Government and keep those who care for children happy.
It's a long saga and I intend to commit it to writing someday. My love to Nancy.
Sincerely yours,
C. Everett Koop, M.D.
Surgeon General
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