William C. Gorgas, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


William C. Gorgas

22nd Surgeon General of the United States Army

Date of Birth: 03-Oct-1854

Place of Birth: Mobile, Alabama, United States

Date of Death: 03-Jul-1920

Profession: physician, army surgeon

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Libra

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About William C. Gorgas

  • William Crawford Gorgas KCMG (October 3, 1854 – July 3, 1920) was a United States Army physician and 22nd Surgeon General of the U.S.
  • Army (1914–1918).
  • He is best known for his work in Florida, Havana and at the Panama Canal in abating the transmission of yellow fever and malaria by controlling the mosquitoes that carry these diseases.
  • At the time, his strategy was greeted with considerable skepticism and opposition to such hygiene measures.
  • However, the measures he put into practice as the head of the Panama Canal Zone Sanitation Commission saved thousands of lives and contributed to the success of the Canal's construction.
  • He was a Georgist and argued that adopting Henry George's popular 'Single Tax' would be a way to bring about sanitary living conditions, especially for the poor.

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