Carrel-Lindbergh perfusion pump

Description
This perfusion pump was invented by aviator Charles Lindbergh and Dr. Alexis Carrel, recipient of the 1912 Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine for his work in vascular surgery.
The glass pump was used to preserve animal organs outside the body, by pushing "artificial blood" through the pump and into the organ by way of a tube connected to the organ's artery keeping the organ alive for weeks. The Lindbergh-Carrel perfusion pump led to the development of the heart-lung machine and the feasibility of stopping the heart for open-heart surgery.
Object Name
pump
perfusion pump
date made
ca 1935
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 45 cm x 20 cm x 11 cm; 17 23/32 in x 7 7/8 in x 4 11/32 in
place made
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
MG*M-12298
accession number
279576
catalog number
M-12298
subject
Medical
Artificial Organs
Artificial Hearts
Health & Medicine
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Artificial Hearts
Exhibition
Exhibit:
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Georgetown University
Related Publication
Hallowell, Christopher. Charles Lindbergh's Artificial Heart

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