Michael E. DeBakey & Denton A. Cooley end their 40 year old feud





What may be medicine’s most famous feud — and certainly one of its longest-lived — has apparently ended.

It involved two of the world’s greatest heart surgeons, Dr. Michael E. DeBakey and Dr. Denton A. Cooley. As partners, they pioneered operations at Baylor Medical College and Methodist Hospital in Houston in the 1950s that have stood the test of time.

But for 40 years, until a surprise reconciliation a month ago, these men with Texas-size egos exchanged few words, even on those rare occasions when they were in the same room.


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John R. Maass - 11/28/2007

What a tremendous display of imaturity.

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