[Oral history interview of Michael DeBakey by Donald A. Schanche (tape 17)]
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 reflection on the Cooley artificial heart incident, Cooley's surgical
proficiency, and the DeBakey-Cooley relationship; marriage and family; dedication to work; overview of developments in thoracic
and cardiovascular surgery, including some of his own milestones; coronary bypass procedure and initial criticism.
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10-11 September 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.