DR. DENTON A. COOLEY - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/15/1993 - DOCUMENT 270521
The heart surgeon sends a letter to actress Phyllis Diller.
Typed Letter signed: "Denton", 1 page, 7¼x10½. Houston, Texas, 1993 December 15. On his letterhead from the Texas Heart Institute to actress/comedienne Phyllis Diller. In full: "Thank you so much for the Christmas Card. I was surprised to learn where you are living and hope that you are well happy. Louise and I send our best wishes for the holiday season. Yours truly". Denton A. Cooley, born in 1920, performed the first successful heart transplant in the U.S. (1968) and was the first surgeon to implant a total artificial heart in a human (1969). In 1962, he founded the Texas Heart Institute, of which he serves as President and Surgeon-in-Chief. Cooley and his associates have performed more than 100,000 open heart surgeries, more than any other group in the world, and Dr. Cooley has shared his expertise as the co-author of more than 1,300 scientific articles and a dozen books. Lightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.