Re: Plagues and Parasites

Letters to the Editor
Published: May, 2004

I congratulate you on the recent issue of Lens on viral infections, which is as fine a publication as I have seen from Vanderbilt in a long time. I found all the articles stimulating and informative, but I was particularly impressed by your article on Dr. Anthony Fauci and his laudatory efforts to deal with the ravages of HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Fauci paid tribute to Dr. Sheldon Wolff in several places in the article, including his statement that Dr. Wolff launched him on his career. He also said, "I could not possibly have gotten to where I am right now had I not been put into an environment [at NIH] through the vision of people like Shelly Wolff ..."

It should be noted that Sheldon has an important relationship with Vanderbilt. He took his M.D. at Vanderbilt in 1957 and was later a medical intern and resident in medicine at Vanderbilt University Hospital. As your article states, Dr. Wolff had a distinguished medical career prior to his untimely death in 1994, including his being the director of the Laboratory of Clinical Investigation at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at NIH and finally the chief of medicine at Tufts University.

I am pleased to remember him as my dear friend and fellow house officer at Vanderbilt. 

Boyd L. Burris, M.D.
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
George Washington University Medical Center
Georgetown University Medical Center
Resident in Psychiatry at Vanderbilt (1956-1959)

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