Health care is vital to all of us some of the time, but public health is vital to all of us all of the time

— C. Everett Koop

The most controversy C. Everett Koop quotes that may be undiscovered and unusual

The target audience goes back to conception.

That means pre-natal care, safe delivery, post-natal screening, and the ordinary stuff you do in pediatrics.

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A thousand people will stop smoking today.

Their funerals will be held sometime in the next three or four days.

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The best prescription is knowledge.

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Cigarette smoking is clearly identified as the chief, preventable cause of death in our society.

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Your choice of diet can influence your long term health prospects more than any other action you might take.

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The Carnegie Foundation is well aware of the fact that their reports frequently find their way to dusty archives in academic institutions, but occasionally people pick up a segment of a report and act upon it.

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When a faith-healer commands God to perform a miracle, in the absence of a prayer that says, 'Thy will be done,' it is, as far as I am concerned, the most rank form of arrogance . . . The faith-healer Bosworth once said that faith makes God act. If you follow that line of reasoning God is in His heaven, but Bosworth rules the world!

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Polls that have been taken by kindergarten, first- and second-grade teachers indicate that 30 percent of the kids have been deprived in some way so that they are physically unable to keep up with the class.

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The right of smokers to smoke ends where their behavior affects the health and well-being of others.

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At a time when we are pleading with foreign governments to stop the export of cocaine, it is the height of hypocrisy for the United States to export tobacco.

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If you have a kid who goes to kindergarten and doesn't know what a circle is, doesn't know what red and green are, and doesn't know what right and left are, by the time he learns those things, the rest of the class is far ahead of him.

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Risks I think are the thing that make life important and everything that you and I do is risk vs. benefit. Is there a risk to sending your kid out? Absolutely. Is there a benefit? It exceeds the risk.

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About C. Everett Koop

Quotes 39 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Public Servant
Birthday October 16

There are many stressed single parents who may be working two jobs in order to keep the family together.

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Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than raising of the next generation.

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The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has been in existence for most of this century.

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My experience with the Junior League, when I worked in Philadelphia for four years in reference to children's things, is that whenever they were asked they responded. They always responded with sincerity, and they did a good job.

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The health care industry can play a great role in this by being aware of the fact that these children form perhaps the most neglected group of people in the country, largely because it is hard to find them.

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Make your kids go out and play. Kids ought to grow up the way you and I grew up and we grew up fifty years apart or maybe more. But we did the same things. Now who's out playing in the afternoon? Nobody.

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Dr. Lourie's determined and compassionate advocacy led to new and improved services for thousands of children and families across the nation... the Lourie Center has rededicated itself institutionally to continuing his important work.

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The thing that reinforces my belief about that is having worked the last four years with the Safe Kids Campaign on a national basis. I am so amazed at what these little kids do in keeping their parents alerted to what they are there for.

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I can't remember a time when I didn't want to be a doctor.

The doctors I knew as a very young child must have helped to plant the desire in me, when I was as young as five or six. One homeopathic physician, Dr. Justice Gage Wright, was a great model.

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One of the things we want to do is find ways, first, to impress these parents how important it is to have children in a situation where they can respond to them and, second, to bring intergenerational relationships into play.

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You can't talk of the dangers of snake poisoning and not mention snakes.

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There have been some good studies done in California with Hispanic parents where in the course of a year, they have changed their entire nutritional intake for the better. The kid becomes, in a sense, the bridge between the educational process and the home.

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I'd like to say let your kids go out and play.

Then I'd say you're not going to do that are you? Make your kids go out and play.

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That is why we are working with these various groups that have volunteers.

We can get a lot of these things done. Nobody has dropped out, and a lot of people would like to join. We now know what each other does.

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There are all kinds of things you can do to marry literacy with health.

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You might expect that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists would be there and they are.

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By the year 2025, 500 million people will die of smoking.

Now, that's a Vietnam War every day for 27 years. That's the Titanic sinking every 27 minutes for 27 years.

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The baby's life is never willfully destroyed because the mother's life is in danger.

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The American ideal is not that we all agree with each other, or even like each other, every minute of the day. It is rather that we will respect each other's rights, especially the right to be different, and that, at the end of the day, we will understand that we are one people, one country, and one community, and that our well-being is inextricably bound up with the well-being of each and every one of our fellow citizens.

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If you want to say how can we step into childhood and make it better for them, I would start at the activity level. I'd like to say let your kids go out and play.

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When a child shows up for school, and is not physically and mentally ready to learn, he or she never catches up.

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They have been deprived nutritionally, or some illness has not been picked up, or they have not been screened for vision or hearing defects, or they have not had some kind of a chronic illness or error of metabolism picked up.

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All of the western world raises its children uncircumcised and it seems logical that, with the extent of health knowledge in those countries, such a practice must be safe.

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In thirty-five years of medicine I have never seen one case where abortion was necessary to save a mother's life.

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Drugs don't work in patients who don't take them.

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I might be better able to help parents of dying children, but for quite a while I felt less able, too emotionally involved. And from that time on, I could rarely discuss the death of a child without tears welling up into my eyes.

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