Lindbergh and Carrel's perfusion pump (1935)

This extraordinary item is a perfected version of the perfusion pump devised by the legend of aviation Charles Lindbergh and Nobel laureate Alexis Carrel in the early 1930s at the The Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research. After some years of joint work, they succeeded "in developing an allglass apparatus which produced sterile pulsating circulation [for] the survival of isolated organs"1. This specimen of the pump was donated by Lindbergh to the International Museum of Surgical Science of Chicago, where it is currently displayed on the fourth floor ("Cardiovascular surgery" section).

  • Photos by Silia Fiore ti.supmacla|eroif.ailis#| (August 2014)

Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License