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Dr. Michael DeBakey, Part 2 (1982)

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1982-11-19

Duration: 00:27:43

Subjects: DeBakey, Michael E. (Michael Ellis), 1908-2008 | Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran, 1919-1980 | Windsor, Edward, Duke of, 1894-1972 | Heart surgeons | Heart -- Surgery | Medicine -- Research | Health


  • Weill, Gus Host
  • DeBakey, Michael Interviewee
  • Fowler, Ken Producer
  • Breazeale, Kathryn Producer
  • Bryan, Bill Photographer
  • Carroll, Mark Photographer
  • James, Frank Photographer


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from November 19, 1982, features the second part of an interview with Dr. Michael DeBakey conducted by Gus Weill. Dr. DeBakey, a native of Lake Charles, was a preeminent surgeon whose innovations revolutionized heart surgery. He discusses: the evolution of medical research; what he looks for in a surgeon; the emotions experienced by surgeons; the future of heart surgery; getting to know his patients; his belief in a higher power; the beauty of the heart; and his personal impressions of two of his famous patients, the Shah of Iran and the Duke of Windsor. Host: Gus Weill