Plight of the Surgeon General

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Science  12 Oct 2007:
Vol. 318, Issue 5848, pp. 169
DOI: 10.1126/science.1149333


On 10 July 2007, three former U.S. surgeons general sat before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and detailed a rising tide of political interference in the conduct of the office in which they had served. Richard Carmona, who resigned the position last year, told of being blocked from speaking out on issues such as stem cell research and emergency contraception, and of instructions to reference President Bush three times on every page of any speech he gave. David Satcher of the Clinton Administration recounted interference with his report on sexuality and public health, in part because of the Monica Lewinsky affair. And C. Everett Koop described attempts of the Reagan political staff to thwart his AIDS campaign.

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