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The Michael E. DeBakey Papers

[Oral history interview of Michael DeBakey by Donald A. Schanche (tape 3)] pdf (3,051,994 Bytes) ocr (103,149 Bytes)
[Oral history interview of Michael DeBakey by Donald A. Schanche (tape 3)]
In 1972, journalist Donald A. Schanche (1926-1994) conducted a series of interviews with DeBakey as part of his research for a planned biography. Schanche worked on the project for several years, but the book was never completed. Several letters in the NLM DeBakey Papers indicate that Schanche, though a talented, experienced writer and editor, had difficulty drafting DeBakey's life story because of the sheer number and variety of DeBakey's interests and achievements. In 1976, Schanche joined the Foreign Division of the Los Angeles Times, and moved to Cairo. It appears that neither he nor DeBakey were able to follow up with the biography.
Topics covered in this interview include: The influence of DeBakey's biology professor at Tulane; working in the biology lab as assistant and instructor; catching snakes for lab dissection exercises; other activities at college, including music and sports; early experience with his mentor Dr. Alton Ochsner; development of his roller pump, and growing interest in problems of circulation; the influence of Dr. Rudolph Matas; working with Ochsner on the connections between smoking and lung cancer; the development of vascular surgery during the 1950s and 1960s and the role of heart-lung machines; Ochsner's example in treating patients with compassion, and providing free medical care to teachers and clergy; learning to write well; writing articles with Ochsner; Ochsner's teaching techniques; Leriche's teaching style.
Number of Image Pages:
91 (3,051,994 Bytes)
1972-03-06 (March 6, 1972)
DeBakey, Michael E.
Interviewer: Schanche, Donald A.
Reproduced with permission of Anne Schanche Ferro.
Box Number: 2
Folder Number: 9
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Document Type:
Oral histories (document genres)
Physical Condition:
Series: Personal and Biographical, 1926-2009
SubSeries: Interviews, 1959, [late 1960s], 1972-1979, 1986-1987, 1994-1999, 2005-2008
Folder: Donald A. Schanche Interviews DeBakey, 1972 Jan-Sep
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