Few men who work on the problem of human disease attain in their lifetime the fullness of accomplishment of which they are capable. There are so many distractions and diversions in professional life, and there is so much hollow applause for triviality, that a person only rarely has the determination and the tenacity of purpose to steer an unwavering course along the path of scientific discovery. As we celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Passano Award, we pay tribute to Charles Brenton Huggins, a uniquely gifted surgeon and investigator who has in full measure throughout his life hewed to the hard and narrow road of research and service to humanity.
It is my pleasant honor to relate some of the major facets of the scientific contributions of Dr. Charles Huggins, who has spent his entire academic life at the University of Chicago where he is Director of the Ben May
Talalay P. The Scientific Contributions of Charles Brenton Huggins. JAMA. 1965;192(13):1137-1140. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080260025007