My deepest sympathy to the family of one of the most important people in my life. He was my physician for thirty years. He saved my life.
Dr. Hirschowitz was an inspiration to all who trained under him. He made careers in endoscopy and the accomplishments so many of us have been able to achieve possible, to allow the lives of our patients to be improved, and to train others to carry on his legacy (Todd Baron, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN)
My sympathy in the loss of a great man! I was a student of his in 1959 at the University of Alabama and experienced first hand his concern for a young bewildered medical student, late at night, attempting to calculate fluids and electrolye replacement for a patient of another physician. He volunteered to offer his help and was cordial as he did so. Respectfully, Wilson C. Wilhite, Jr., M.D. And he would never have dreamed I would become President of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and a Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Texas -- and that because of Dr. Basil. Thank you, Doctor!
To: The family of my friend and doctor, I hope your many years of life with a very dedicated man were happy ones. I do believe that HE and Jean and the drug study they were doing on a new PIP drug,no details, saved my life. I had a stomach that wouldn't stop making acid, and as a disabled veteran using the VA's medical facility they asked Dr. "H" as we knew him to help me. He did, by placing me in that study I have no reservations, I would not be here to mourn his passing. There are thousands of people who never got the honor of knowing him as a doctor that played a part in their health. This gentle man was my friend, and he is missed. Good future to you all, as I am starting to babble. Love ya Dr "H"
Good bye. With all my love and affection, Jamie D. Stewart
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.