Special video and in-person presentations awaited guests at the February 10 dinner for the Friends of the National Library of Medicine (FNLM) Board of Directors and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Board of Regents in the Lister Hill building lobby.
Guests attended a preview of a new video chronicling the remarkable life and career of Michael E. DeBakey, M.D., pioneering cardiac surgeon, mentor to students young and old, and tireless champion of the National Library of Medicine. Dr. DeBakey died in 2008 at the age of 99.
Videotaped remarks by L. Thompson Bowles, M.D., a thoracic surgeon who studied under Dr. DeBakey, were also presented. Dr. Bowles was a member of the National Library of Medicine's Board of Regents from 1982-1986, and served as its chair from 1984-1986.
Dr. Bowles also served as a consultant to NLM's Profiles in Science project, working closely with archivists and historians on the organization of the papers of Dr. DeBakey, including the selection of documents, photographs, and audiovisual materials for digitization.
An in-person presentation about Dr. DeBakey was also given by Dr. Ronald Cotton, a graduate of the DeBakey High School for Health Professions that was founded by Dr. Michael DeBakey to provide a challenging, well-balanced college preparatory program for students pursuing careers in medicine, health care, and or the sciences. Dr. Cotton discussed his receipt of his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) following his attendance at the DeBakey High School. He is now a surgeon at BCM and his wife, also a graduate of the DeBakey High School, is a practicing dentist in Houston.
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