Blood Transfusion Apparatus


Fred Foster Rudder (1902-1985), a surgeon in Atlanta, invented a device for continuous donor-recipient blood transfusions during prolonged surgery. An inscription on the frame of this example reads “RUDDER / SYRINGE HOLDER / THOMAS KEITH & CO. / ATLANTA, GA.”

Ref: Fred F. Rudder, “Transfusion Apparatus,” U.S. Patent 2,077,774 (April 20, 1937).

Fred F. Rudder, article in The Military Surgeon 83 (July 1938).

Frank Drake, “Atlantan’s Device Boon to Anesthesia,” The Atlanta Constitution (Aug. 25, 1941), pp. 1-2.

Lucy Justus, “His Invention Changed Surgery,” The Atlanta Constitution (Oct. 8, 1972), pp. SM30, 33-34.

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: C. Bard Rudder, Fred F. Rudder, M.D., and Fred F. Rudder, Jr.

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1980.0653.01Accession Number: 1980.0653Catalog Number: 1980.0653.01

Object Name: Syringe, Blood TransfusionOther Terms: Syringe, Blood Transfusion; Medicine

Measurements: overall: 11 1/2 in x 8 in x 4 in; 29.21 cm x 20.32 cm x 10.16 cm


Record Id: nmah_736800

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