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Midmorning: FDA commissioner and a surgeon deals with death

Posted at 8:26 AM on February 20, 2007 by Bill Wareham

At 9 a.m., Kerri Miller's guest is former FDA commissioner David Kessler, who has been called a crusader for regulation of tobacco. Now he turns his public health sights on obesity. Kessler was commissioner of the FDA from 1990 to 1997. Currently, he is dean of the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine and vice chancellor for medical affairs. He's the author of A Question of Intent: A Great American Battle with a Deadly Industry.

At 10 a.m., award-winning surgeon and transplant specialist Dr. Pauline Chen discusses the difficulty of coming to grips with death. Chen is a surgeon and author of Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality.