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The Michael E. DeBakey Papers

[Oral history interview of Michael DeBakey by Donald A. Schanche (tape 14)] pdf (2,928,528 Bytes) ocr (102,660 Bytes)
[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)
Date Supplied:
15-17 August 1972
DeBakey, Michael E.
Interviewer: Schanche, Donald A.
Metadata Record [Oral history interview of Michael DeBakey by Donald A. Schanche] (1972)
Reproduced with permission of Anne Schanche Ferro.
Box Number: 2
Folder Number: 20
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Oral histories (document genres)
Physical Condition:
Series: Personal and Biographical, 1926-2009
SubSeries: Interviews, 1959, [late 1960s], 1972-1979, 1986-1987, 1994-1999, 2005-2008
Folder: Donald A. Schanche Interviews DeBakey, 1972 Jan-Sep
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