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Fredrickson Papers Added to NLM Site

The papers of former NIH director Dr. Donald S. Fredrickson have been added to Profiles in Science, a web site created by the National Library of Medicine that is dedicated to documenting the lives and works of prominent 20th century biomedical scientists.

Fredrickson discovered the relationship between cholesterol and heart disease, and headed NIH from 1975 to 1981.

Fredrickson, who died in June, was remembered as a scientist, statesman and humanitarian by colleagues at a memorial program in Natcher Auditorium on Oct. 18. The occasion was marked by the addition of his papers to NLM.

Attending the Oct. 18 service in memory of the late Dr. Donald Fredrickson are (from l) NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni, Fredrickson's son Rurik, the director's wife Dr. Nadia Zerhouni and Fredrickson's widow Henriette.

"Fredrickson's studies of the connection between lipids (fats and cholesterol) and heart disease made him one of the most widely cited physiologists of the 1960s and 1970s, and highlighted the benefits of a healthy diet," said NLM's Dr. Alexa McCray who heads the Profiles in Science project, located at

The online exhibit about Fredrickson features correspondence, diaries, unpublished manuscripts, published articles and editorials, photographs and audio recordings illustrating his life and career. Visitors to the site can view, for example, his childhood scrapbook, as well as extensive documentation relating to the regulation of genetic research and to government funding for biomedical research in a time of fiscal constraints. An introductory exhibit places Fredrickson's accomplishments in historical context.

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