DR. MICHAEL E. DEBAKEY - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/07/1986 - HFSID 264871
MICHAEL DeBAKEY DeBakey signed this letter in 1986 in response to an article written and sent to him by a kidney transplant patient. It's typed on letterhead from Baylor College of Medicine, where he was chancellor. Typed letter signed "Michael E DeBakey".
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DeBakey signed this letter in 1986 in response to an article written and sent to him by a kidney transplant patient. It's typed on letterhead from Baylor College of Medicine, where he was chancellor.
Typed letter signed "Michael E DeBakey". 1 page, 8½x11, on letterhead of the Office of the Chancellor, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. January 7, 1986. Addressed to Mr. Raymond M. Beck, Bangor, Maine. In full: "Dear Mr. Beck: Thank you for your letter postmarked January 2, 1986, and the enclosed copy of the article you wrote about your new philosophy of life after undergoing renal transplantation. It is well written, and I enjoyed reading it. There is no doubt that a brush with death alters one's perspective toward life. In accordance with your request, I am enclosing three autographed photographs, three autographed cards, and some reprints [Items not included.] which will give you an idea of my philosophy of life. With them go my best wishes to you for continued productivity and for 'wearing your goals properly.' Sincerely yours, Michael E. DeBakey, M. D. 2-ps Enclosures". "Renal transplant" is another name for a kidney transplant. DeBakey (1908-2008, born Michel Dabaghi in Lake Charles, Louisiana), who developed the pump for the heart-lung machine in 1932, performed the first successful coronary bypass (1953) and was the first surgeon to successfully use an artificial heart pump as a left ventricular assist device in a patient (August 8, 1966 in Houston, Texas). DeBakey, who devised new cardiovascular surgical procedures, including developing Dacron artificial grafts for cardiac bypass surgery (1950-1953), and developed more than 50 instruments for the improvement of patient care, also successfully implanted a mechanical temporary heart substitute in 1967 and performed the first of his 12 heart transplants in 1968. DeBakey, the author of The Living Heart (1977) and The Living Heart Diet (1984), is also credited with developing the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (M.A.S.H.) concept for the military (1945), which saved countless lives during the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. The famed surgeon and pioneer in cardiology, who celebrated his 90th birthday and 50 years with the Baylor College of Medicine and the Methodist Hospital in 1998, has been recognized with the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1969), National Medal of Science (1987), Lifetime Achievement Award from the United Nations (1999) and NASA's Commercial Invention of the Year Award (2002) for the DeBakey Ventricular Assist Device, based in part on space shuttle technology, and was named a "Living Legend" by Congress in 2000. Slightly creased. Faint paperclip impression in upper left. Otherwise in fine condition.
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