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. Burris' letter reflects on Freis's career as a researcher
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1987-01-11 (January 11, 1987)
Burris, James F.
United States. Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans Administration
Freis, Edward D.
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After 1980: Changing Trends in Hypertension Therapy
I have now worked in your research group off and on for almost 8 years. That experience has been a privilege and a pleasure
for me. Again and again I have been impressed at the way mere mention of your name has opened professional doors and brought
smiles to colleagues' faces as they ask how you are and what projects you are working on. I will always remember the
first time I went to the Cleveland meeting as your research fellow and sat at your table at lunch along with Lew Tobian, William
Kannel, and half a dozen other luminaries of hypertension research - people I would otherwise probably not have met for years.
The importance of your research in hypertension has been recognized by the many prizes and awards you have received, but even
more importantly by the changes in the way medicine is practiced throughout the world that have resulted from your work.
Over the years you have trained dozens of residents and fellows, many of whom now occupy positions of prominence in research
and teaching throughout the nation. I think every one of them must be proud to call you his or her mentor. I know I am!
Your patients have included poor veterans and important political leaders, and you have given them all thoughtful, expert
care. More than anyone else I know, you embody the academic ideal of the scientist, clinician, and teacher.
You have created a major scientific legacy, not only of research, but of researchers. I am proud to be a small piece of that
legacy, and thank you for your teaching and the experience of working with you.