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Surgeon general: More minority doctors needed

December 3, 2009
by MIKE STOBBE
Associated Press

The surgeon general is a government health educator sometimes called "the nation's doctor." It at times has been a high-profile position, such as in the 1980s, when Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop became the government's leading spokesman on the emerging AIDS epidemic.

The post has faded into relative obscurity in recent years. Last year, both the Institute of Medicine and Trust for America's Health called for the surgeon general to play a more prominent and powerful role.

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