Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Koop lecture now available online

As promised, the link to the streaming video of the C. Everett Koop, MD, lecture on the history of pediatric surgery is now available. (Run time: 1 hour, 25 minutes. RealPlayer required for viewing.)

See Koop talk about his medical education, and how he managed to become the nation's premier pediatric surgeon with almost no training in pediatrics (medical school class skipped in favor of clinical research; internship rotation cancelled by the outbreak of WWII). Hear about the extreme hostility he faced from other surgeons as he worked to elevate pediatric surgery to a board-certified specialty. Listen as Koop describes heartrending encounters with parents of "less-than-perfect" children.


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