Remarks re: A National Health Museum by C. Everett Koop. M.D., Sc.D.
Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Presented at Washington, D.C.
October 7, 1988
Health Care is gaining more attention and more resources than ever before: Now comprises 11 percent of annual GNP.
Makes sense for government to have a convenient museum/visitors center devoted to factual, historical information about health
care. Important that the proposed facility be a visitors center as well as a museum, meaning that it would serve as a focal
point for inquires about special health facilities, service, and agencies in the Metropolitan Washington Area.
Because this is a world-class city, the museum/visitors center should be a world-class institution. Big mistake if it focuses
only on American Medicine, to the exclusion of pre-Columbian roots, etc. One aspect of this could be a museum-sponsored international
health leadership open to (English-speaking) health scholars from every country.
Should also be an inter-active facility, so that such things as "quickie" health checks, quizzes, and health prevention
information can be easily and effectively handled.