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Gorgas

[gawr-guh s]
noun
  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

Gorgas

[gôrgəs]
  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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