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To Improve Human Health: A History of the Institute of Medicine
genuine disappointment; they wanted him to stay, continue his inspirational leadership, and finish the job of establishing the IOM as an independent organization that was not afraid to engage questions that were close to the surface of the nation's political life.
David Hamburg left office only a month before the presidential election that would chase Jimmy Carter from town. Their simultaneous departures marked the start of a new and very different era in IOM history. At the end of Hamburg's tenure, Philip Handler wrote him a graceful letter that eloquently captured his contributions to the IOM:
Under your leadership, the Institute of Medicine has been brought to maturity. It has earned a place in the Washington scene and become the instrument to which we aspired when it was created. Our country has yet a long way to go in the development of an accepted philosophy which will enable us to frame a consistent national health policy. Thanks to you, I am confident that the Institute of Medicine will make cardinal contributions to that process. We have enjoyed your boundless good humor, basked in the warmth of your compassion, and been stimulated by the keenness of your intellect. All of us are richer for your stay among us.74
Clipping with White House note and Lawrence Meyer, "Panel Urges Curb on Use of Costly X-Ray Device," Washington Post, May 3, 1977, in Yordy Files, Accession 91-051, Institute of Medicine (IOM) Records, National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Archives.
"Steps Taken in the 1975 Search," Presidential Search Committee Files, 1975–1980, Accession 93–192, IOM Records; Philip Handler to Julius Richmond, June 26, 1975; Richmond to Handler, July 10, 1975; and Handler to David Hamburg, June 26, 1975, all in IOM-1975 File, NAS Records, NAS Archives.
David Hamburg to Philip Handler, July 19, 1975, NAS Records.
NAS Press Release, October 30, 1975, NAS Records; Curriculum Vitae for David Hamburg, March 1975, IOM Records.
"Remarks by David A. Hamburg on the Occasion of His Inauguration as President of the Institute of Medicine, November 6, 1975," Yordy Files, Accession 91-051, IOM Records.
IOM Council Meeting, Minutes, November 6 and 7, 1975, IOM Records.
Institute of Medicine, Medicare-Medicaid Reimbursement Policies , (Washington, D.C.: National Academy of Sciences, 1976), pp. 5, 9–10.
IOM Council Meeting, Minutes, March 18, 1976, IOM Records.
See, for example, the discussion in IOM Council Meeting, Minutes, May 20, 1976, IOM Records.