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Houston: 1970–1989 

Houston: 1970–1989
Houston: 1970–1989

Craig A. Miller

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date: 18 October 2021

Amid ongoing efforts at understanding atherosclerosis, Baylor becomes research “Supercenter.” Diana DeBakey, the wife of Michael E. DeBakey dies. DeBakey travels to China and Soviet Union, and communicates with President Nixon. Celebrities and nobility come to Houston to be treated by DeBakey. DeBakey meets and marries German actress Katrin Fehlhaber. His book, The Living Heart, is published. DeBakey becomes Chancellor of the college, and later he operates on the deposed Shah of Iran. DeBakey is instrumental in the founding of the Journal of Vascular Surgery. Investigations are begun into infection as a possible cause of atherosclerosis, and the period sees the beginnings of Baylor’s collaboration with NASA in the development of a left ventricular assist device (LVAD).

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