[Oral history interview of Michael DeBakey by Donald A. Schanche (tape 8)]
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: DeBakey's friendship with Mary Lasker and with Princess Liliane of Belgium;
Liliane's fellowship program; meeting with the Pope; trips with Baylor surgical team to Middle East, India, South America,
Yugoslavia; fostering health care improvements in developing countries; the Heart Bill and government support of health; national
health care and the economics of medicine.
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1972-08-06 (August 6, 1972)
DeBakey, Michael E.
Interviewer: Schanche, Donald A.
Reproduced with permission of Anne Schanche Ferro.