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Editorial column in "The Guthrie Journal," Volume 63, Number 1, dedicated to William Sewell

Pump assembly diagram,"The Guthrie Journal," Volume 63, Number 1

Sewell's Erector Set Heart Pump
1950

An artificial heart for less than $25
While studying medicine at Yale University in 1950, William Sewell, Jr. and William W.L. Glenn invented this artificial heart, which they successfully used in experimental bypass surgery on dogs. They made the prototype out of materials such as glass tubing, valves bought at the dime store, a child's Erector Set motor, and tanks of compressed air and vacuum pumps that were part of routine laboratory equipment. Total cost: $24.80.

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Acquired in 1959 from Sewell's mother, Lucile S. Sewell
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Learn more!
· Cost of Sewell's Pump (The Guthrie Journal Vol. 63, No. 1, Page 6)
· Cardiac Pioneer (excerpt from "The Guthrie Journal" article)
· "A Prophet in Our House" (excerpt from "The Guthrie Journal" article)
· Excerpts from "Reminiscences from Colleagues of Dr. Sewell"
· The Guthrie Journal

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