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
perfusion pump
date made
ca 1935
inventor
Lindbergh, Charles A.
maker
Hopf, Otto
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 18 in x 7 1/2 in x 4 1/8 in; 45.72 cm x 19.05 cm x 10.4775 cm
place made
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
MG*M-12299
catalog number
M-12299
accession number
279576
subject
Science & Scientific Instruments
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Science & Mathematics
Health & Medicine
Science Under Glass
Exhibition
History Highlights: Science Under Glass
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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