from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Gorgas, William Crawford 1854-1920. American army surgeon who conducted campaigns against yellow fever in Havana (1901) and in the Panama Canal Zone (1904-1906), thereby helping make possible construction of the canal.

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  • n. United States Army surgeon who suppressed yellow fever in Havana and in the Panama Canal Zone (1854-1920)


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  • If we can judge by the success in Guyaquil, we are going to finish Yellow Fever, and Gen. Gorgas is going to write the last chapter of the history of Yellow Fever.

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  • General Gorgas is one of those men who had a dream and an ideal, and his dream and ideal was actually to eliminate yellow fever from the world and have done with it, to strike it off the list as a menace to mankind.

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  • John McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone, Panama, in 1936, in the US Navy Hospital in Coco Solo on the Atlantic side (I lived for three years on the Pacific side, in Ancon, near Gorgas Hospital).

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  • But Gorgas was right, and Congress -- with its experts -- was horrifically wrong.

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  • “Stewart Stuart is fond of society,” Confederate Chief of Ordnance Josiah Gorgas jotted in his diary, “but entirely abstemious as to drinks.”

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  • At the Letterman center, the water originates on one of two artificial promontories positioned along "view corridors," each of which aligns with Bernard Maybeck's 1915 Palace of Fine Arts. From these "stony belvederes" (the archaic, pastoral names of Halprin's features reflect his romantic streak), a man-made creek runs down to a small lagoon, following a conceptual path that would flow all the way to the Palace's pond were Gorgas Avenue not in the way.

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  • Stevens made no public declaration of faith in Gorgas or the mos-quito theory.

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  • Starting at once, Dr. Gorgas was to have whatever men and supplies he needed.

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  • Of all those who had been named to positions of importance that year, only Gorgas would stay on.

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  • At this point in the test of wills, according to Marie Gorgas, Goethals exclaimed, “Do you know, Gorgas, that every mosquito you kill costs the United States Government ten dollars?”

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