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. Price's letter reflects on Freis's career as a researcher
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1987-01-11 (January 11, 1987)
Price, Michael B.
Capitol Hill Hospital
Freis, Edward D.
Reproduced with permission of Michael B. Price.
After 1980: Changing Trends in Hypertension Therapy
This is really the first time I have had the opportunity to tell you what our relationship has meant and how important it
has been to me. A developing physician needs a role model and a mentor; that is exactly what you have been for me. I learned
to appreciate your rational, clear thinking unclouded by politics or personal bias. Your way of penetrating right to the
heart of a scientific discussion was always inspiring. You are still the world's leading authority in designing a cooperative
study, but it is your tremendous personal integrity as a scientist and investigator that has meant so much to me.
I reflect fondly on my days in the Hypertension Research Clinic. Your magical mix of concern for patients, intellectual
stimulation, and lighthearted humor create the atmosphere of warmth that pervades the clinic. How I value our friendship
and the chance to sit down with you over lunch to discuss journal articles, talk about life, or even trade recipes.
Thank you for your support. You have been a strength in my endeavors getting me through the difficult starting times. After
all, I really learned preventive medicine from you. Sometimes I have felt that I let you down, but your were helpful even
then, getting me back on track. And the inspiration - When you would come back to the clinic with the plaque from yet another
prestigious award, it would make me proud, too.
Congratulations on your retirement; you deserve it.