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The Michael E. DeBakey Papers

[Michael DeBakey receiving a honorary degree from the University of Lyon at a medical conference]
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In 1961 the University of Lyon named DeBakey Docteur Honoris Causa.
An Honoris Causa is an honorary degree, in this case a doctorate. The degree was awarded to DeBakey to honor his distinguished contributions to the field of medicine. DeBakey kept a diary of his trip to Lyon, where he spent time with Professors Wertheimer, Arnulf, and Sisteron. He received the award on Monday, October 23, 1961. He described the day as follows: "We then went to luncheon at the Faculty of the University. Following this at 3 p.m. we put on our robes, which were very beautiful, and the ceremonies began with a speech by the Rector. Prof. Wertheimer presented me to receive the Honoris Causa and this was given to me by the Rector. I gave my response in French. It was a very impressive ceremony."
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1961-10-23 (October 23, 1961)
University of Lyon
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DeBakey as Medical Statesman
Metadata Record Diary of Trip to Lyon, France and Scotland October 20-29, 1961 [20-29 October 1961] pdf (322,953 Bytes) transcript of pdf
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Series: Photographs and Artworks, [ca. 1908]-2007
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Folder: Universite de Lyon Medical Conference, 1961 Oct 24
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