I'm Dr. Red Duke

I'm Dr. Red Duke


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James Henry “Red” Duke Jr., MD, was an icon of twentieth-century medicine, a pioneer and visionary, and a lifelong son of Texas who, far from forgetting his roots, reveled in them. Bryant Boutwell’s entertaining and meticulously researched biography of Red Duke, based on years of interviews with Duke and his family, friends, and colleagues as well as painstaking exploration of both public archives and personal papers and effects, not only pays tribute to a great surgeon and his influence but also crafts a detailed and intimate portrait of the man behind the larger-than-life television image.

Not only did Duke found the Life Flight air ambulance service that helped place Memorial Hermann Hospital and the Texas Medical Center at the forefront of the nation’s trauma units, he also advanced the use of media communications for reaching the public with both common-sense and cutting-edge health information. His famous tagline—“From the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston . . . I’m Dr. Red Duke”—delivered in the deadpan drawl of a Texan, could be heard in countless homes during the broadcast of the local evening news during the 1980s and 1990s. Beyond these accomplishments, Duke was an Eagle Scout, an ordained minister, a medical missionary, a conservationist, a hunting guide, and a tank commander.

Featuring a wealth of previously unpublished images that help to chronicle Duke’s life and storied career, I’m Dr. Red Duke opens with a foreword by fellow Houstonian George H. W. Bush, who calls Duke “one of the brightest Points of Light Barbara and I have had the privilege to know.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623496944
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Publication date: 09/05/2018
Pages: 284
Sales rank: 524,204
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

BRYANT BOUTWELL was the inaugural John P. McGovern, MD, Professor of Oslerian Medicine at the University of Texas McGovern Medical School at Houston and a UT System distinguished teaching professor. He is also the author of John P. McGovern, MD: A Lifetime of Stories. He resides in Houston.

Table of Contents

Foreword George H. W. Bush ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Beginnings 8

Chapter 2 Family Ties 20

Chapter 3 Lessons in Life 35

Chapter 4 A College Man 44

Chapter 5 Tank Commander 62

Chapter 6 Seminary Hill 77

Chapter 7 Canadian Outback 89

Chapter 8 Medical School Days 96

Chapter 9 Meeting the President 114

Chapter 10 A Texan in New York 121

Chapter 11 Afghanistan 129

Chapter 12 Home to Texas 142

Chapter 13 Life Flight 153

Chapter 14 TV Doc 168

Chapter 15 A Conservationist at Heart 182

Chapter 16 Living with Red Duke 195

Chapter 17 Second Marriages 206

Chapter 18 Working with Red Duke 216

Chapter 19 Saying Good-bye 230

Epilogue 239

Notes 241

A Note on Sources 259

Index 261

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