[Oral history interview of Michael DeBakey by Donald A. Schanche (tape 9)]
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 efforts to reform medical education and the conservative, reactionary
nature of established institutions; the influence of government on medicine and medical education via funding; women and ethnic
minorities in medicine; racial integration; how his views on medical education were shaped by his own experiences; a more
efficient method of training physicians.
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1972-08-08 (August 8, 1972)
DeBakey, Michael E.
Interviewer: Schanche, Donald A.
Reproduced with permission of Anne Schanche Ferro.