Rupert Blue

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BornMarch 30, 1868
Richmond County, North Carolina, USA
DiedApril 12, 1948 (Age 80)
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Alma materUniversity of Virginia, University of Maryland
US Surgeon General of the United States during he Spanish flu. President of the Rockefeller-dominated American Medical Association.

Rupert Blue was an American physician and Surgeon General of the United States from 1912 to 1920. The Spanish flu occurred during his tenure. He was president of the Rockefeller-dominated American Medical Association in 1916–17.[1][2][3]


Blue attended the University of Virginia from 1889 to 1890 and received his medical training at the University of Maryland, from which he graduated in 1892.


He first became involved with the Public Health Service in 1892. From June 11, 1892 to March 2, 1893 he completed an internship in this organization. He received a permanent position there from March 3, 1893. He attracted attention due to his competence and energetic approach to plague and cholera epidemics in San Francisco and was appointed head of the Public Health Service and the Organización Panamericana de la Salud due to these successes.

With the United States' participation in World War I in 1917, Blue faced an increasing shortage of doctors and nurses. This period also saw the outbreak of the Spanish flu, believed to be a particularly aggressive and deadly form of influenza.

He was highly misleading about heroin.[4]