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Yeah, whatever did happen on the next Surgeon General nomination?

Since ol' Sanjay went down in flames. What's up with that? .

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Submitted by Damon on

In Mexico, bien sûr. Oh, yeah, and he's glad he didn't take that stinky Surgeon General job, naturellement.

NEW YORK -- "Don't drop me," Dr. Sanjay Gupta said as he hopped on the back of a motorcycle for a ride down a dusty street in Mexico. He was looking for the boy thought to be the first person with the swine flu, armed with a picture on his BlackBerry.

Gupta, 39, would not have been there had he accepted the Obama administration's overture to be U.S. surgeon general. You get the feeling that he would have missed this.

Oh, yeah; that reminds me, what is it, again, that you call it when you pretend to reject something you really wanted?

For one thing, becoming surgeon general would have effectively ended his career as a surgeon.

Gupta performs surgery at least once a week and would be only 43 if he completed a term as surgeon general. He didn't want to stop practicing that young.

"It was a hard decision, and, until I actually said it publicly, I still wasn't 100 percent sure," he said.

"When I said it publicly, I felt good about it, and sometimes that's the way you know."