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The Public Health Doctor


Man in military decoration holding a public health decree with various patrons celebrating on a table nearby. Copyright: This image may not be saved locally, modified, reproduced, or distributed by any other means without the written permission of the copyright owners.

The Public Health Doctor by Jose Perez
(Oil on Canvas, 24in x 30in, 61.5cm x 77cm)

Copyright: This image may not be saved locally, modified, reproduced, or distributed by any other means without the written permission of the copyright owners.


While surgeons, oncologists and radiologists symbolize modern medicine's infatuation with high-tech equipment, the field of public health medicine still deals principally with down-to-earth problems such as pollution, gun control, substance abuse, poor nutrition, bigotry and superstition. Our sanitary engineers literally save more lives than our surgeons. When it comes to health, as Pogo said, "We have met the enemy, and the enemy is us." This is the only painting in the series wherein Perez caricatures a recognizable, well-known doctor-former U.S. Surgeon General, C. Everett Koop. Dr. Koop receives this honor because Perez has been so impressed by Koop's leadership in national and global public health. God bless our unheralded public-health doctors.