Doing a Great Deal of Good
Alan W. Partin, M.D., Ph.D.I want to share with you a letter one of our doctors received from a patient. “I am glad to say that each and every event that takes place in the Institute makes me feel doubly assured that I am doing some little good in this great world and that you are doing a great deal of good. Again let me say that I never doubted for a moment you were the man for the place, and every day increases my belief. Feel that before you get through you will make the Institute known throughout the world for its work and benefit to mankind.” That letter was from James Buchanan — better known as “Diamond Jim” — Brady, to his urologist, Hugh Hampton Young, and it was written in 1915.
Brady saw the potential of Johns Hopkins Urology, and believed in it so much that he endowed the Urological Institute that bears his name. The Brady, the first center of its kind in North America that placed patient care, laboratory research, and teaching under one roof, honored a tradition of discovery that continues to this day.
are the milestones of urology.
Our first benefactor was right. From its inception, the Brady has led the world in research and treatment of urologic diseases. The milestones of our institute are the milestones of urology — from the performance of the first radical prostatectomy by Hugh Hampton Young to the discoveries that led to the first “nerve-sparing” radical prostatectomy 25 years ago (see story), to breakthroughs in understanding the molecular biology and genetics of prostate cancer and other diseases. How far we have come! In some ways, the Brady has traveled a long way from its simple beginnings (see the story on our much-needed, state-of-the-art laboratories), but in other important ways, we haven’t changed a bit. Patients are still our focus, and helping them remains our great mission. Excellence is, always has been, and will always be, our standard. And the support of our generous patients remains critical to our ability to do all of this. Without your help, in an era of uncertain and diminishing government research funds, the discoveries we are making every day would not happen. So when you look through these pages, I invite you to share our excitement and to be proud of your part in it. With your help, we are making a huge difference in the lives of men with prostate cancer and their families. We are still — faithful to the wishes of Mr. Brady — “doing a great deal of good.”
Alan W. Partin, M.D., Ph.D.
David Hall McConnell Professor and Director
The Brady Urological Institute