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Remarks Re: A National Health Museum Presented at Washington, DC pdf (100,568 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Remarks Re: A National Health Museum Presented at Washington, DC
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1988-10-07 (October 7, 1988)
Koop, C. Everett
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Metadata Record "Remarks Re: A National Health Museum Presented at Washington, DC" [Reminiscence] (2003) pdf (255,500 Bytes) transcript of pdf
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Series: Speeches, Lectures, Papers, 1958-2004
SubSeries: 1988-1989
Folder: Remarks- "A National Health Museum"- Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC, 1988 Oct 07
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
(Talking Points)
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.
Good Luck and thank you.
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