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"Address Presented to the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists, Atlanta, Georgia" [Reminiscence] pdf (79,457 Bytes) transcript of pdf
"Address Presented to the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists, Atlanta, Georgia" [Reminiscence]
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Koop, C. Everett
Reproduced with permission of C. Everett Koop.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
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AIDS, the Surgeon General, and the Politics of Public Health
Metadata Record Address Presented to the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists, Atlanta, Georgia (December 7, 1987) pdf (1,090,458 Bytes) ocr (15,562 Bytes)
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Folder: Address- American Society of hospital Pharmacists, Atlanta, GA, 1987 Dec 07
AIDS Lecture December 7, 1987
Address by C. Everett Koop, MD, ScD
Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Presented to American Society of Hospital Pharmacists
Atlanta, Georgia
December 7, 1987
This lecture was give two days after speaking to the AMA medical students, the last time I had made a public presentation on AIDS.
I opened with lavish praise for pharmacists in all seriousness but with some humor: especially pointed to the pharmacists' contribution to the achievement of quality hospital-based heath care in the United States -- which led to the challenge of AIDS we all face.
I announced that I would be avoiding the biomedical information but spend the next few moments with them sharing a number of non-medical concerns that strike at the very heart of the American system of health care delivery. Indeed they make the scientific issues tend to pale in comparison when compared to highly sensitive issue of law, ethics, economics, morality, and social cohesion.
What I said thereafter was a summary of what I had said in the previous four lectures but I did emphasize for that this audience their fears of being at high risk was simply unfounded and they should have no basis for shunning AIDS patients. I referred them to guidelines put out by the Department of Labor and HHS and directed them to the Federal Register notice, which has a tremendous amount of information on AIDS.
There were no new figures or statistics of incidence or economics, but I did mention the danger of second-class care for AIDS patients and thought that we should consider such thinking unthinkable.
Many of the points I tried to make are included in the address I gave to the student section of the American Medical Association on the 5th of December, which includes a lengthy index.
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