[Oral history interview of Michael DeBakey by Donald A. Schanche (tape 16)]
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: Review of various awards; television appearances; first use of LVAD and attendant
publicity; dealing with the news media; lack of sufficient grant funding to use LVADs more often; publicity-seeking vs. public
health education; public health and health education; health care as a public good, not a commodity; ways to make a more
efficient health care system; town-gown conflicts in medicine.
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50 (1,517,962 Bytes)
1972-08 (August 1972)
DeBakey, Michael E.
Interviewer: Schanche, Donald A.
Reproduced with permission of Anne Schanche Ferro.