US's new surgeon general already in trouble

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 11 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:351

The head of a formerly all black medical school was chosen last week to become the new surgeon general in the US, the country's chief public health officer. Dr Henry W Foster, 61, was nominated by President Clinton to replace Dr Joycelyn Elders, who was fired for supporting the use of condoms by teenagers. Foster is the acting director of Meharry Medical College in Nashville. Meharry was built to train black doctors at a time when black people were barred from most medical schools.

Foster, like Elders, has …

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