Lessons From Lown
Dr. Bernard Lown (1921-2021) was a pioneering cardiologist, humanitarian, and founder of the Lown Institute. In honor of Dr. Lown, we are sharing stories from his remarkable life in his own words, through video and written content. Each episode also ties into an upcoming event sponsored by the Lown Institute Hospitals Index, where we will dive deeper into the topics that meant the most to Dr. Lown.
Lessons from Lown: Crisis at the Nobel Prize conference
On December 9, 1985, Dr. Bernard Lown and Dr. Yevgeni Chazov were about to accept the Nobel Peace Prize, for their work uniting doctors against nuclear war. Lown and Chazov had no idea they would be saving a life that day.
Lessons from Lown: The story of “white” and “colored” blood
When Dr. Lown came to Baltimore for medical school in 1942, he found that everything was segregated — even the blood at the hospital’s blood bank.
Watch the video and read the blog below to hear in Dr. Lown’s own words how he rebelled against this racist practice.
Lessons from Lown: How the Levine Chair changed heart attack treatment forever
In the early 1950s, Dr. Bernard Lown made what he called his greatest contribution to medicine, saving 100,000 lives each year and changing the standard of care for heart attack patients forever–simply by getting people out of bed and into a chair. How did this happen? Watch the video and read the blog below to…