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A time for all things : the life of Michael E. DeBakey

Author: Craig A Miller
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2020]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Lake Charles: 1908-1926 Along the cool sequester'd vale of life, They kept the noiseless tenor of their way. September 23, 1996 KLM Flight 287 rolled to a seamless stop on the tarmac, and settled on its wheels under the translucent Moscow sky. A contingent of American heart surgeons and support staff blinked and stretched. Their leader was famous for dozing off as soon as the wheels were up on any flight of length,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Michael E DeBakey; Michael E DeBakey; Michael E DeBakey; Michael E DeBakey
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Craig A Miller
ISBN: 9780190073947 0190073942
OCLC Number: 1199961445
Description: xxi, 610 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Lake Charles --
Tulane University 1926-35 --
Strasbourg, Heidelberg and New Orleans 1935-1942 --
Washington, D.C. and New Orleans 1942-48 --
Houston 1948-1951 --
Houston 1951-1956 --
Houston 1956-1960 --
Houston 1960-1969 --
Houston 1969 The Artificial Heart --
Houston 1970-1989 --
Houston 1990-2008.
Responsibility: Craig A. Miller, MD, FSVS, FACS.

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"Lake Charles: 1908-1926 Along the cool sequester'd vale of life, They kept the noiseless tenor of their way. September 23, 1996 KLM Flight 287 rolled to a seamless stop on the tarmac, and settled on its wheels under the translucent Moscow sky. A contingent of American heart surgeons and support staff blinked and stretched. Their leader was famous for dozing off as soon as the wheels were up on any flight of length, and more than one of his retinue had mimicked that feat on this last leg of their journey from Houston via Amsterdam. This was not the first sojourn to Russia for their Chief - that had been back in 1958, when the country had another name and quite another polity. Many other visits had followed, accompanied by accolades and fetes, mostly with a Cold War political undertone he neither shared nor acknowledged. By nature he was fond of reflecting on change and history, and he did not miss the significance of returning to this place, the both of them now so different, in a position to alter the life path of a man who, himself, was responsible for much of this country's metamorphosis. The President of Russia, Boris Yeltsin, was suffering from congestive heart failure and severe coronary artery disease. The situation was grave; he was not expected to live without open-heart surgery - coronary bypass - but it was not clear that he could survive the procedure itself. The leading Russian heart surgeons and cardiologists had asked this Houston team to come to Moscow to assess the risks and provide recommendations as to how to proceed. In the geopolitically-charged climate of the immediate post-Cold War period, bringing in a coterie of Americans as consultants on the medical care of the most powerful man in Russia provoked all manner of responses on both sides of the Atlantic. The world's major news organizations focused on the story, covering every aspect. This fuss was of little consequence to the team from Texas, however. They were there to do a job, and their very presence in the Russian capital was as much of a validation as any that they were the most qualified group in the world for the task"--

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Craig Miller, himself a distinguished vascular surgeon and medical historian, has written a superb scholarly and readable biography on arguably one of the most famous cardiac surgeons of the Read more...

 
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