[Oral history interview of Michael DeBakey by Donald A. Schanche (tape 12)]
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 1969 Cooley/ artificial heart episode and Domingo Liotta's role; Baylor's
artificial heart program after the Cooley episode; heart transplants; the future of the artificial heart; reflections on future
progress in biomedical science; more about DeBakey's childhood, especially his friendships and various activities such
as camping, fishing, playing pool and baseball; early college days in New Orleans and visiting jazz clubs.
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79 (2,576,885 Bytes)
1972-08-13 (August 13, 1972)
DeBakey, Michael E.
Interviewer: Schanche, Donald A.
Reproduced with permission of Anne Schanche Ferro.