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Dr. C. Everett Koop, surgeon-in-chief at Children's Hospital in Philadelphia, talks about surgery that separated 13-month-old siamese twins, Clara and Alta Rodriguez, Sept. 19, 1974. (AP Photo/William Ingram)

Ex-surgeon general C. Everett Koop dies

C. Everett Koop, who raised the profile of the surgeon general

by riveting America's attention on the then-emerging disease known as

AIDS and by railing against smoking, died Feb. 25 in New Hampshire. He

was 96.