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. McMahon's letter reflects on Freis's character, career, and
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1986-12-16 (December 16, 1986)
McMahon, F. Gilbert
Tulane University. School of Medicine
Freis, Edward D.
Reproduced with permission of Anne Marie McMahon Gwyn.
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Awards and Prizes
After 1980: Changing Trends in Hypertension Therapy
I've always considered you a teacher of teachers and a most gentle gentleman. I remember fondly your lecturing my students
at Tulane (and your listening to a cassette I happened to have on my desk of one of your earlier talks). You'll never
know how many times I refer to you and your profound influence on World Medicine. I guess there'll be no Nobel Awards,
because you followed a different drummer: not DNA, rather saving millions of peoples' lives. The pharmaceutical industry
ought to erect a platinum statue for you. They won't. And you don't need that. You are too modest and humble a
person for statues and awards. But I bet you get some great REM sleep at night, realizing that your life has meant so much.
You gave direction to a major therapeutic void.
And now, this 63 year old teacher has developed hypertension too. Because of your pioneer work, I am not anxious, but reassured.
I know where I can get help if my regimen fails.