To the Engel family,
Dr. Engel had an incredible impact on me and is responsible for making me into the person I am today. As a child, I had asthma. I can remember, clearly, more than 10 occasions where either he came to my house or I went to his in the middle of the night for him to give me an adrenaline shot. Today, I would have spent all those nights in an emergency room. When asked later if my asthma was "bad," I answered no, because I had never been to an ER.
I saw him most Saturday mornings from ages 3 to 11 as I would get allergy shots. He was the best shot giver I have ever met and when I went to medical school later, I went back to see him to learn how he did it, so I could pass on this small gift to others. His care for me was a cornerstone of my application to medical school. I can safely say that I went into medicine because of Dr. Engel. He was a role model for being routinely superior in his judgement, warmth, acumen, and skill. In many ways, he remains a standard against which I judge myself to this day (I am 53). I am happy to say that I got to show him that essay and went back to tell him that I went to medical school because of him. I hope that, in some small way, pays back the debt that I owe him.
God speed and God bless Dr. Engel. The world will be a bit less warm and humane now.
Joshua A. Beckman, MD, MS, FACC, FAHA, MSVM
Professor of Medicine
Director, Section of Vascular Medicine
Co-Director, Vanderbilt Vascular Biology Center
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
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