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. Cohn's letter reflects on Freis's influence as a teacher and
NOTE: Even though the letter is dated January 2, 1986, the correct date is January 2, 1987, as the retirement party for Freis
was not announced until December 1986.
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1987-01-02 (January 2, 1987)
Cohn, Jay N.
University of Minnesota
Freis, Edward D.
Reproduced with permission of Jay N. Cohn.
After 1980: Changing Trends in Hypertension Therapy
You taught me henodynamics. You taught me research methodology. You taught me golf (for which I forgive you!). But most
importantly you taught me about professional integrity, scientific discipline and critical thinking. These were lessons I
hope I have been able to retain in my own medical career.
Our years together in Washington were rich with ideas. That environment for clinical research probably cannot be duplicated
in the present era of corporate, cost-accounting medicine. To be intellectually excited by what one is doing and have fun
at the same time is the highest gratification one can seek. I think you have always successfully applied that principle to
your professional life.
As you look back (and I know you usually would rather look forward) at the time of your retirement, I hope you will reflect
with pride not only on the fundamental and critically important contributions you have made to medical science but also on
the impact you have had on those you have trained. This trainee will always remember with affection and respect his valued
I hope your post-retirement days will be as full of challenges and satisfactions as you want them to be.
With best wishes also from Syma , Cynthia, Lauren and Joshua.