Freis retired from full time duties at Georgetown School of Medicine and the Veterans Administration Hospital in 1987, though
he continued research and writing for many years after. Frohlich's letter congratulates Freis on his retirement, and reflects
on his career and accomplishments.
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1986-12-16 (December 16, 1986)
Frohlich, Edward D.
Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation
Freis, Edward D.
Reproduced with permission of Edward D. Frohlich.
After 1980: Changing Trends in Hypertension Therapy
I am delighted that the Veterans Administration program honoring you for your service as Senior Medical Investigator affords
me the opportunity to express these personal thoughts to you. Unfortunately, in the busy activities of daily life we don't
usually make the time to set down our personal thoughts of appreciation to long-standing and good friends.
Clearly, Ed, you and your work related to the V.A. multicenter studies have attracted worldwide attention and will remain
as a lasting milestone in the history of medicine. But, in addition, I have expressed to you many times over the years my
personal appreciation for your equally important fundamental cardiovascular studies concerned with the underlying mechanisms
of hypertensive disease and blood pressure control. Of the many investigative reports that you have contributed, to my way
of thinking one that will remain a major landmark is your Physiological Reviews paper which pointed the way for many of us
who have embarked on a career in cardiovascular research in hypertension. That I had the opportunity of discussing this work
with you as you wrote the manuscript remains a most meaningful experience to me.
Probably less emphasized to many individuals as they view the achievements of a leader are the numbers of individuals he has
trained and who, in turn, have assumed roles of responsibility in investigation and medicine. Ed, you can be reassured that
your influence has truly impacted mightily in stimulating and directing an impressive number of individuals.
I want you to know that I am proud to have been your research fellow and I am deeply grateful for your stimulation and support
in setting me on my course through an academic and investigative career in hypertension. Whatever small contributions I may
have made or will make, in no small way will be attributed to your strong influence. For that I thank you, and I wish you
continued success in your role as Distinguished Teacher in the Veterans Administration and at Georgetown.