[Oral history interview of Michael DeBakey by Donald A. Schanche (tape 10)]
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: More about DeBakey's role in the development of Baylor College of Medicine;
research and funding; background on the Texas Medical Center; being criticized for getting national recognition and publicity;
administrative roles at Baylor; budget problems and a near-meltdown of the medical school during Joe Albritton's tenure
as chairman of the board at Baylor; more about his early interest in vascular disease and the roller pump.
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9-10 August 1972
DeBakey, Michael E.
Interviewer: Schanche, Donald A.
Reproduced with permission of Anne Schanche Ferro.