Waiting for Dr. Milktoast: The Stalled Nomination of Our Next Surgeon General

December 1, 2014 8:57 PM

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Ebola scares. Antivaccination fads. Rampant obesity. Never has the U.S. been in more urgent need of a Surgeon General. The current nominee, Dr. Vivek Murthy, is an outstanding candidate who should have been approved and in place months ago to deal with these urgent challenges. Unfortunately, Congress refuses to take action.

The office of Surgeon General has been a proud and independent one. Surgeons General have a strong legacy of keeping to the facts, speaking clearly and honestly, and holding the country's health above politics. These are the physician -- leaders who convinced the country that tobacco was dangerous, ...

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