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[gawr-guh s]
  1. William Crawford,1854–1920, U.S. physician and epidemiologist: chief sanitary officer of the Panama Canal 1904–13; surgeon general of the U.S. Army 1914–18.
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Examples from the Web for gorgas

Historical Examples

  • Colonel Gorgas had charge of the forces and he was determined to do the job well.

    Birdseye Views of Far Lands

    James T. Nichols

  • The report of Surgeon-Major Gorgas is very pleasant reading.

  • Colonel Gorgas also found conditions which challenged his best efforts.

    The Panama Canal

    Frederic Jennings Haskin

  • Col. Gorgas, Chief of Ordnance, says this is the first intimation he has had as to the disposition of the paroled prisoners.

  • And information from the Western army indicates that only about one shell in twenty, furnished by Col. Gorgas, will explode.

gorgas in Science


  1. American army surgeon who directed programs to eradicate the Aedes aegypti mosquito in Havana, Cuba (1901), and in the Panama Canal Zone (1904-1906). The mosquito had been shown by Dr. Walter Reed and others to be responsible for the transmission of yellow fever.
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