Surgeon General, United States

Surgeon General, United States,

former head of the U.S. Public Health Service, which is responsible for protecting the people's health (see public healthpublic health,
field of medicine and hygiene dealing with the prevention of disease and the promotion of health by government agencies. In the United States, public health authorities are engaged in many activities, including inspection of persons and goods entering the country
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). Since a 1986 reorganization, the surgeon general has largely served as a national spokesperson and watchdog on health issues. The separate U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force surgeons general oversee military health care.
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