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The C. Everett Koop Papers

Title:
"The Avoidance of Mediocrity: On the Occasion of the Receipt of the Clarence E. Shaffrey, S.J. Award, St. Joseph's University" [Reminiscence] pdf (43,864 Bytes) transcript of pdf
"The Avoidance of Mediocrity: On the Occasion of the Receipt of the Clarence E. Shaffrey, S.J. Award, St. Joseph's University" [Reminiscence]
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1 (43,864 Bytes)
Date:
2003
Creator:
Koop, C. Everett
Rights:
Reproduced with permission of C. Everett Koop.
Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Religion and Medicine
Exhibit Category:
Biographical Information
Relation:
Metadata Record The Avoidance of Mediocrity: On the Occasion of the Receipt of the Clarence E. Shaffrey, S.J. Award, St. Joseph's University (March 27, 1983) pdf (901,512 Bytes) transcript of pdf
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Box Number: 9
Folder Number: 1983 Mar 27
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QQBDCX
Document Type:
Memoirs
Language:
English
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application/pdf
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Physical Condition:
Good
Transcript:
1, --Lecture cover sheet
The Avoidance of Mediocrity
By
C. Everett Koop, MD, ScD
On the Occasion of the Receipt of The Clarence E. Shaffrey, S.J., Award
St. Joseph's University
March 27, 1983
This lecture was given during the time I was Surgeon General, but out of uniform, in Philadelphia, speaking as a private citizens and making all of those facts clear to the audience to which I delivered this address.
The lecture begins in a light vein and gives some anecdotes that I thought were humorous, that I encountered in the wearing of the uniform, as well as some anecdotes about my life before becoming a pediatric surgeon that might have influenced my career. The theme of The Avoidance of Mediocrity is one that I used many times in many venues and it fit particularly this audience very well. This was a Christian audience and I was talking about vocation vs. avocation and I made it clear that in my opinion, one must earn the right in his vocation - mine was medicine - a Christian witness.
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