In this letter, President Nixon congratulated Freis for receiving the 1971 Albert Lasker Medical Research Award for clinical
research for "his demonstration of the life-saving effectiveness of drugs in the treatment of moderate hypertension."
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1971-11-30 (November 30, 1971)
Nixon, Richard M.
Freis, Edward D.
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Awards and Prizes
The VA Cooperative Study and the Beginning of Routine Hypertension Screening, 1964-1980
November 30, 1971
Dear Dr. Freis:
My warmest congratulations to you on receiving the Albert Lasker Medical Research Award for clinical research. There can
be no question that this is one
of the most prestigious awards given in medical research, and it is a source of special pride to me that it was given to a
member of the Federal Government's
medical research team.
Your findings that the early treatment of hypertension can reduce deaths from stroke and congestive heart failure have given
new hope to millions of people
throughout the world. In addition, the research method you used -- the Cooperative Study Group embracing seventeen hospitals
-- suggests that our Veterans Administration hospitals offer great potential for reducing the time necessary to test new treatments.
These splendid achievements have earned you the gratitude of all our fellow citizens, and on their behalf I am pleased to
extend to you my very best wishes for continued success in the future.