Remembering Heart Surgeon Michael DeBakey

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Dr. Michael DeBakey

Heart surgeon Michael DeBakey (right) chats with President Bush during a Congressional Gold Medal presentation ceremony April 23, 2008 in Washington, D.C. DeBakey was presented with the medal for his many accomplishments and contributions to the medical field and the nation. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Pioneering heart surgeon Michael DeBakey died last week at the age of 99. He was responsible for many of the processes that have become a common part of the medical arsenal, including the development of the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital systems during World War II and the invention of artificial devices for open heart surgery.

Ira Flatow replays an excerpt from his 2003 interview with Dr. DeBakey and speaks about DeBakey's life, work and legacy.



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