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district surgeon, noun phrase

Also with initial capitals. A medical doctor appointed by the government to serve a particular district in supervising vaccinations, post-mortems, and the general health-care of people for whose welfare the state is responsible.
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Originally privately contracted by the magistrate of a district, district surgeons were first appointed by the Cape colonial government in the 1820s.
1831 S. Afr. Almanac & Dir. 64Instructions for District Surgeons. Colonial Office Cape of Good Hope 29th July 1829...He must visit the Prison daily.
1989 C. Rickard in Weekly Mail 23 Feb. 5He said when lawyers heard allegations of torture in detention, they should speak to doctors about the claim as district surgeons had a duty to intervene in such a case.
Also with initial capitals. A medical doctor appointed by the government to serve a particular district in supervising vaccinations, post-mortems, and the general health-care of people for whose welfare the state is responsible.
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Hence district surgeoncy noun phrase, the office of district surgeon.
1870 E. Prov. Herald 15 Aug.The district surgeoncy of Stockenstroom was lately offered to Dr. Bird, of Dordrecht, but declined by that gentleman.
1958 E.H. Burrows Hist. of Medicine 213Coolies were imported in the 1860’s and one of the clauses of the agreement reached with the Indian Government insisted upon regular medical attention for them. This provision led to the appointment of Indian Medical Officers to ‘Circles’ of territory corresponding roughly to the various district surgeoncies.

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