[Oral history interview of Michael DeBakey by Donald A. Schanche (tape 14)]
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 details about DeBakey's time as visiting professor of surgery at Harvard
(continued from Tape 13); assigning research projects to surgical residents; first televised surgery on March of Medicine
show, and backlash from some peers about the publicity; AMA awards; raising professional and public awareness of Baylor School
of Medicine; first trip abroad to the Middle East; growth of research and research funding; receiving the Matas award from
Matas himself, and reflections on Matas's pioneering work and their close mentoring relationship; Matas introducing him
to the history of medicine; working with the early heart-lung bypass machines; progressing from homografts to Dacron grafts;
reflections on one-step pioneers; surgical fellowships; developing recovery rooms and intensive care units; memories of Mrs.
Shreiner; the Baylor Cardiovascular Research and Training Center.
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100 (2,928,528 Bytes)
15-17 August 1972
DeBakey, Michael E.
Interviewer: Schanche, Donald A.
Reproduced with permission of Anne Schanche Ferro.