This afternoon, I spoke with Harold Dvorak, a colleague of Judah Folkman's at Harvard, who reacted to his colleague's linkurl:sudden passing;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54173/ yesterday. He said that he's spent the day thinking back over Folkman's generosity as a physician, not only his achievements as a pioneer in anti-angiogenesis therapy for cancer. Hundreds of patients contacted Folkman with problems - an incurable case of cancer, for instance - and he stayed in touch with them, Dvorak said, adding that he hears "all the time" about patients who reached out to Folkman and received a personal response. "I don't know if he ever slept," what with running a large lab and keeping in contact with so many patients. "I've never known anybody quite like him," he added. Another one of Folkman's defining qualities was his ability to come up with novel ideas, Dvorak added. "He wasn't always right, but that's part of the risk...
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