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Family peregrination ends in the USA


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Howard Hiatt Physician
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When I was invited to record my story for the Peoples Archives, I declined. I had seen of the reports from François Jacob, Sydney Brenner, Francis Crick and several other people whose stories are so very important. However, on reflection, it occurred to me that this would give me an opportunity to talk about how I've seen evolve the areas of academic... the areas of interest on the part of academic medical institutions from biology, from biochemistry and the other biologic sciences to the quantitative analytic sciences and now many of the social sciences. And, simultaneously, the concerns of the teaching hospital extending from the patient hospitalized within them, for which more and more can be done, of course, to the patient in the community and the community as a whole, with a corresponding emphasis on prevention. And, finally, more recently, to the health of impoverished people around the world, with a corresponding necessary focus on those conditions in addition to the organisms responsible for disease, those conditions that promote the disease.

Born in 1925, American Howard Hiatt set up one of the first medical oncology research and training units in the US and has headed up some of America's most prestigious medical institutions. Hiatt attended Harvard College and received his MD from the Harvard Medical School in 1948. He was a member of the team at the Pasteur Institute, Paris, that first identified and described mRNA, and he was among the first to demonstrate mRNA in mammalian cells. From 1991 to 1997, he was Secretary of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, where he began and directs the Academy's Initiatives For Children program. He is also committed to helping disadvantaged people access decent health care.

Listeners: Milton C. Weinstein

Milton C. Weinstein, Ph.D., is the Henry J. Kaiser Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School. At the Harvard School of Public Health he is Academic Director of the Program in Health Decision Science, and Director of the Program on Economic Evaluation of Medical Technology . He is best known for his research on cost-effectiveness of medical practices and for developing methods of economic evaluation and decision analysis in health care. He is a co-developer of the CEPAC (Cost-Effectiveness of Preventing AIDS Complications) computer simulation model, and has conducted studies on prevention and treatment of HIV infections. He is the co-developer of the Coronary Heart Disease Policy Model, which has been used to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of cardiovascular prevention and treatment. He is an author of four books: Decision Making in Health and Medicine: Integrating Evidence and Values; Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine,the report of the Panel of Cost Effectiveness in Health and Medicine; Clinical Decision Analysis; and Hypertension: A Policy Perspective.He has also published more than 200 papers in peer-reviewed medical, public health, and economics journals. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and a recipient of the Award for Career Achievement from the Society for Medical Decision Making. Dr. Weinstein received his A.B. and A.M. in Applied Mathematics (1970), his M.P.P. (1972), and his Ph.D. in Public Policy (1973) from Harvard University.

Tags: Peoples Archive

Duration: 2 minutes, 1 second

Date story recorded: September 2006

Date story went live: 24 January 2008