[Oral history interview of Michael DeBakey talking about China by Donald A. Schanche]
During 1972-1973, 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.
This interview focused on DeBakey's first trip to the Peoples Republic of China in February and March of 1973. Topics
covered in this interview include: DeBakey's observations on everyday life in Maoist China; briefings from the Ministry
of Health; China's "barefoot doctors"; giving a lecture; observing surgery at a hospital; traveling by train;
China's health care system; members of the China-America Relations Society; earlier invitations to visit China; acupuncture
anesthesia; visit to pharmaceutical factory; herbal pharmacies; compassionate treatment of hospital patients.
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80 (2,595,299 Bytes)
DeBakey, Michael E.
Interviewer: Schanche, Donald A.
Reproduced with permission of Anne Schanche Ferro.