Hufnagel Plastic Intracardiac Valve

Description (Brief)
This is an early prototype of an artificial heart valve developed by pioneering heart surgeon Dr. Charles Hufnagel (1916-1989). In 1952 he and his team at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., invented and implanted the first successful artificial heart valve.
Hufnagel’s team experimented with various designs and materials. They settled on the ball prosthesis fashioned out of polymethylmethacrylate, a hard, clear plastic more popularly known by the trade name of Plexiglas or Lucite.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
cardiology
heart valve, prosthetic
artificial heart valve
date made
1940s-1950s
maker
Hufnagel, Charles A.
Physical Description
plexiglas (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 2 1/2 in x 1 1/2 in; 6.35 cm x 3.81 cm
ID Number
MG*M-11582.02
accession number
267860
catalog number
M-11582.02
subject
Medicine
Cardiology
Prosthesis
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Artificial Heart Valves
Health & Medicine
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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