[Oral history interview of Michael DeBakey by Donald A. Schanche (tape 15)]
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: Collaborative studies on endarterectomy and patch-graft angioplasty in early 1960s;
resistance to early aneurysm, carotid, and coronary bypass surgery; stroke research; computerization at the National Library
of Medicine; a visit to India and reflections on Indian culture; a visit with Nehru; the value of accepting visiting professorships;
a gift of a 1912 Ford from a patient; honorary degrees and Lasker Award; DeBakey Medical Foundation; raising funds for new
buildings at Baylor; Heart Bill; Liotta and Cooley; DeBakey's headaches.
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17-18 August 1972
DeBakey, Michael E.
Interviewer: Schanche, Donald A.
[Oral history interview of Michael DeBakey by Donald A. Schanche] (1972)
Reproduced with permission of Anne Schanche Ferro.