Most physicians possess a number of attributes in common. They have scientific competence, empathy for the sick, and willingness to spend long hours at their work. Physicians differ widely, however, in degrees of ability, some showing talents in one direction and some in others. Rare indeed is the physician whose intellect, talents, and diligence complement each other in ways to create a life of unique productivity. Such a physician is the Passano Foundation laureate for 1968, John Eager Howard, MD, of Baltimore, professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins and the 28th scientist to receive this distinguished honor.
The Passano Award itself is simply recognition by the foundation and by the community that there is one among us whose scientific contributions are meritorious, whose leadership in the profession has been effective, and whose way of life is such that many might wish to emulate it. As notable as this award may