For more than two decades, election to membership in the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IoM) has been a source of pride for the honorees and their families. But for the family of one of the 50 recently announced members of the institute, the occasion carried an extra- special meaning.

Margaret A. Hamburg, health commissioner of the New York City Department of Health, became the third member of her family to be elected to IoM. Her parents, psychiatrists David A. Hamburg, currently president of the New York-based Carnegie Corporation, and Beatrix A. Hamburg, who now serves as the president of the William T. Grant Foundation, were elected to the institute in 1971 and 1979, respectively.

Margaret Hamburg recalls that at the October annual meeting, at which she and the other new members--32 men and 18 women in all--were announced, "there was a sense of real enthusiasm and fun that the father-mother-daughter...

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