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Obituaries

From the July-August ACP-ASIM Observer, copyright 2002 by the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

Thomas M. Blake, MACP

Thomas M. Blake, MACP, an electrocardiogram expert and long-time educator, died March 10, 2002. He was 81 years old.

Born in 1920 in Sheffield, Ala., Dr. Blake graduated from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1944. After completing his internship, residency and fellowship at Vanderbilt, he served as an instructor in medicine there from 1952 to 1954. In 1955, he became one of the founding employees at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMC) in Jackson, Miss.

An expert reader of ECGs, Dr. Blake authored five editions of "Practice of Electrocardiography," and was still spending some of his time consulting on ECG interpretation until shortly before his death. Dr. Richard Skelton, present director of UMC's cardiology division, estimated that Dr. Blake had interpreted more than 1.9 million ECGs since 1955.

Dr. Blake served as Governor for the Mississippi Chapter from 1976 to 1981 and received a Laureate Award from the chapter in 1988. He was awarded College Mastership in 2001.

Paul P. Carbone, MACP

Paul P. Carbone, MACP, died Feb. 22, 2002. An oncologist and former Governor for the Wisconsin Chapter, he was 70 years old.

Born in 1931, Dr. Carbone received his medical degree from Albany Medical College in 1956. He completed an internship at the U.S. Public Health Services Hospital in Baltimore in 1957 and an internal medicine residency at the U.S. Public Health Services Hospital in San Francisco in 1960. He went on to complete a fellowship in medical oncology at the National Cancer Institute in 1963.

Dr. Carbone joined the National Cancer Institute in 1960 as associate director of medical oncology and worked there for 16 years. In 1971, he founded the cancer research organization Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group and served as its chairman for 20 years.

In 1976, Dr. Carbone joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he worked until retiring. He served as chair of the human oncology department until 1987 and as director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center from 1978 to 1997.

Dr. Carbone was best known for his work in treating and curing Hodgkin's disease, as well as developing new chemotherapy drugs and adjuvant treatment for breast cancer. He shared the Lasker Prize for Medicine in 1972.

He served as Governor for the Wisconsin Chapter from 1986 to 1990 and was a member of the Scientific Program Subcommittee from 1987 to 1992. He became a College Master in 1994.

John M. Eisenberg, MACP

John M. Eisenberg, MACP, director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in Washington, died March 10, 2002. He was 55 years old.

Born in Atlanta in 1946, Dr. Eisenberg received his medical degree from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis in 1972. He completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Pennsylvania in 1975.

After working as chief of the division of general internal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania from 1978 to 1992, Dr. Eisenberg served as chairman of the department of medicine and physician-in-chief at Georgetown University in Washington from 1992 to 1997. From 1986 to 1995, he also worked as a founding commissioner of the Congressional Physician Payment Review Commission, serving as its chairman from 1993 to 1995. He served as director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality from 1997 until his death.

Dr. Eisenberg wrote over 275 articles and the book "Doctors' Decisions and the Cost of Medical care." He co-wrote "Paying Physicians" and edited the textbook "Internal Medicine."

Dr. Eisenberg co-edited the internal medicine section of MKSAP 8 and was ASIM's Distinguished Internist of the Year in 1993. He was awarded College Mastership in 1996.

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