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Strasbourg, Heidelberg, and New Orleans: 1935–1942 

Strasbourg, Heidelberg, and New Orleans: 1935–1942
Strasbourg, Heidelberg, and New Orleans: 1935–1942

Craig A. Miller

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date: 18 October 2021

DeBakey travels to Europe for a year to study and train with the famed French surgeon Rene Leriche and his German counterpart Martin Kirschner. DeBakey becomes a trusted assistant to Leriche. In Germany, he admires the disciplined surgery teams, and their efficiency influences DeBakey’s later development of his own surgical program. He joins the faculty at Tulane, and he and Ochsner compose ground-breaking papers on abdominal infections and, especially, the link between smoking and lung cancer. After Pearl Harbor, Tulane mobilizes its medical staff as a General Hospital. DeBakey is, however, deemed “essential” and can neither enlist or be drafted.

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