A Time for All Things: The Life of Michael E. DeBakey

ISBN : 9780190073947

Craig A. Miller
616 Pages
156 x 156 mm
Pub date
Jan 2020
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He has been called the greatest surgeon of the 20th century. The son of Lebanese immigrants, Michael DeBakey rose from humble beginnings in a backwater Louisiana town to dominate the landscape of modern medicine. His contributions to our understanding and treatment of cardiovascular disease, in particular, were innumerable and epoch-making. DeBakey led a life of high drama, from the streets of Jazz Age New Orleans and the operating theaters of pre-war Europe, to the battlefields of World War II and the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina. An advisor to Presidents, a health care statesman, and a physician to royalty and commoner alike, he helped build Houston's Texas Medical Center into a jewel of the medical world. Yet DeBakey's own family paid a tremendous cost for his commitment to his fellow man. Buoyed by unique access to primary resources, A Time for All Things: The Life of Michael E. DeBakey is the first to tell the remarkable story of a driven genius who led a scientific and therapeutic revolution in all its dramatic depth.


1. Lake Charles: 1908-1926
2. Tulane University 1926-35
3. Strasbourg, Heidelberg and New Orleans 1935-1942
4. Washington, D.C. and New Orleans 1942-48
5. Houston 1948-1951
6. Houston 1951-1956
7. Houston 1956-1960
8. Houston 1960-1969
9. Houston 1969 The Artificial Heart
10. Houston 1970-1989
11. Houston 1990-2008
12. Epilogue

About the author: 

Craig A. Miller, MD, is an author and vascular surgeon who lives in Columbus, Ohio. His books have been published in several languages and editions. He has been a Scholar-in-Residence at the Ohio State University Medical Heritage Center and a Michael E. DeBakey Fellow in the History of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health.

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