Carrel-Lindbergh Perfusion Pump

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.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1935
Lindbergh, Charles A.
Hopf, Otto
place made
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
overall: 18 1/4 in x 7 1/4 in x 4 1/4 in; 46.355 cm x 18.415 cm x 10.795 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Rockefeller Institute
Science & Scientific Instruments
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Data Source
National Museum of American History