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NIH Record  
Vol. LXIII, No. 25
  December 9, 2011
Healy Remembered as Leader, Friend, Visionary
CFC Fall Effort Ends with Photo Contest, Special Events
Men Can Lower CHD Risk with Intense Exercise
Hill Briefing Recognizes 25 Years of NIAMS Research
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Give Me That Old Time…Caring
Treadway Calls on Physicians to Remember the Heart

Dr. Katharine Treadway
Dr. Katharine Treadway
There are probably not many speakers in the Clinical Center’s Grand Rounds/Great Teachers lecture series who, after their hour-long talks, discover that many in the audience would like to adopt them as their personal physician.

But such might have been the case recently when Dr. Katharine Treadway, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School—and a primary care physician— discussed “Heart Matters: Old Ideas in New Times for the Patient-Doctor Relationship.”

Introduced as “a real doctor, which is perhaps the most you could say about anyone in our profession,” Treadway spoke about the erosion of empathy in medical care, the deficiencies in medical training that allow such erosion to go unchecked and some possible interventions that can help preserve the idealism that prompts young people to seek a healing profession.

‘Bringing Science to Life’
Symposium Closes NINR 25th Anniversary

Dr. Rita Colwell speaks at NINR anniversary event.
Dr. Rita Colwell speaks at NINR anniversary event.
The National Institute of Nursing Research recently brought its 25th anniversary commemoration to a close with a nursing science symposium. While speakers looked back over a quarter century of research highlights, the focus of the symposium, “Bringing Science to Life: A Healthier Tomorrow,” was to build on these accomplishments for the future. As NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady said, “The story of nursing and nursing science is the story of bringing science to life and of creating a healthier today and healthier tomorrows.”

Dr. Rita Colwell, distinguished university professor at the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, opened with an overview of an international nursing research project that addressed the spread of cholera in rural villages of Bangladesh. A research team found an inexpensive, easy-to-use and readily available method to prepare drinking water from local ponds and rivers—filter it through old sari cloth.