[Oral history interview of Michael DeBakey by Donald A. Schanche (tape 6)]
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: Further discussion of DeBakey's wartime work; solving medical supply problems;
working with Tracy Vorhees; working with statistician Gilbert Beebe on publications of the Surgeon General's office; proposing
establishment of a Medical Follow Up Agency; serving on the Hoover Commission after the war, and recommending establishment
of a National Library of Medicine as top priority; gathering support for NLM; getting the NLM bill through Congress; expanding
his professional and political contacts during the war and post-war years; support for Medicare legislation, and relations
with Presidents Kennedy and Johnson; becoming politically engaged.
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1972-06-15 (June 15, 1972)
DeBakey, Michael E.
Interviewer: Schanche, Donald A.
Reproduced with permission of Anne Schanche Ferro.