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Charles Lindbergh
American Aviator, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author, Environmentalist
Letter Concerning Alexis Carrel's Research
SUMMARY: This offering is a typed letter signed by Charles A. Lindbergh making reference to the clinnical and laboratory research of Alexis Carrel. Price:$3750.00

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Charles Lindbergh letter referincing Alexis Carrel's research
Charles Lindbergh (1902-1972). Pioneer American Aviator famous for piloting the first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author, Environmentalist.
In the letter offered here Lindbergh refers to needles used by Dr. Carrel. Typed letter signed, 1 page, 11 x 8¼", Switzerland, May 24, 1970. To Dr. Charles T. Riall at American Cyanamid Co, referring to Lindbergh's Lindbergh and carrel with the perfusion pump they developedassociation with Dr. Alexis Carrel (1873-1944), a French surgeon, biologist and eugenicist, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1912, and whose vascular-suturing technique and work in preserving organs and tissues outside the body laid the foundations for much of modern cell biology, vascular and open-heart surgery.Thus Charles Lindbergh made some monumental contributions to the science of Medicine that added added luster to his otherwise spectacular career.
Lindbergh became interested in working with Carrell because his sister-in-law had a damaged heart valve and he wanted to ensure her survival. Lindbergh worked with Carrel in the mid-1930s to create the "perfusion pump," which allowed living organs to exist outside of the body during surgery.The two co-authored a book, The Culture of Organs and were pictured with their pump on the June 13, 1938 on thecover of TIME magazine.Their perfusion pump is in the Smithsonian.
Carrel's fascist and Nazi sympathies, as well as his anti-Semitism, may have have influenced Lindbergh. Carrel was accused of implementing eugenic policies and of collaboration with Vichy France, but he died before he could stand trial.
The relationship between Carrel and Lindbergh was well documented in a book entitled Uncommon Friends by James Newton. In that book Newton ldocuments several friendships between great men such as Edison and Henry Ford that altered human history.Another book The Immortalists by Richard Cummings is entirely devoted to the Lindbergh-Carrel working relationship and friendship.
Lindbergh writes, in part: "…the needles you have that were used by Dr. Carrel in performing the first arteriovenous anastomosis for blood transfusion are certainly of great historical value. Since this transfusion took place many years before I first met Dr. Carrel (1929)…I sugget…that you write to…Father Joseph T. Durkin, S.J., Georgetown University…[and] Dr. Theodore I. Malinin, American Foundation for Biological Research….Georgetown University is custodian of the Carrel collection….Shortly after the end of World-War II, Mme. Carrel and I packed in about fifty wooden boxes the records and documents that were in the (closed) Department of Experimental Surgery of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (now the Rockefeller University)….Eventually, Mme. Carrel gave this material to Georgetown University….Father Durkin has written a book about Dr. Carrel….Dr. Malinin knows a great deal about early Carrel operations and techniques…." Note that this letter was written who was at The American Cyanamide Corporation's subsidiary Davis and Geck a company that was involved in developing the sutures now employed in modern surger
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