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A LIFE WELL USED Many people believe that each person has a purpose in life something that will make his life worthwhile and helpful to others Billy Graham summarized C Everett Koop the best when he said He was determined no matter what the personal cost to do the right thing for the health of the American People Koop Back Cover C Everett Koop realized his purpose in life and accomplished the task of making his life worthwhile by helping others C Everetts Life began in Brooklyn in 1916 He grew up as an only child His mother was warned to avoid pregnancies after his older brother who was still born almost killed her during birth However his mother did not head the doctors warning and five years later C Everett Koop came into this world Koop had a very traumatic birth His mother was in labor for ninety-two hours Eventually The doctors performed a cesarean section C Everett Koop said I often wonder if my traumatic entry into this world had something to do with the path I chose in life Koop 20 When Koop was in grade school he said that he knew that he wanted to be a surgeon He thought about it everyday and dreamed about what it would be like Koop went to Dewey High School in Brooklyn for only a short time After a confrontation with his teacher Koop transferred to Flatbush School in Brooklyn Koop 33 Koop could not wait until medical school to see surgery so he cajoled his father into asking a bank customer who was a surgeon into letting him watch him operate The first surgery that Koop saw was a submucosal resection of deformed bones in a patients nose At 14 Koop found very easy access into the operating theatres in Brooklyn Every Saturday he would go and watch the surgeries The surgeons got to know him and
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