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The Edward D. Freis Papers

Letter from Jay N. Cohn to Edward D. Freis pdf (63,966 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Jay N. Cohn to Edward D. Freis
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 researcher.
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.
Exhibit Category:
After 1980: Changing Trends in Hypertension Therapy
Box Number: 6
Folder Number: 29
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Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Physical Condition:
Series: Scrapbooks, 1926-2004
Folder: Scrapbook 39 - Freis's retirement [photographs], 1986-87
January 2, 1986
Dear Ed:
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 mentor.
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.
Jay N. Cohn, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Head, Cardiovascular Division
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