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January 5, 1976

Charles A. Lindbergh: Medical Scientist

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Worcester, Mass

JAMA. 1976;235(1):22-23. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260270012009

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To the Editor.—  Dr Perry Hudson of Hawaii revived some precious memories of my internship days (233:950, 1975). In his discussion of Charles A. Lindbergh, he touched on some controversial areas in the life of this historic American. I believe his contribution to medical science is well worth emphasizing.Historically, Dr Hudson's letter was somewhat "slanted." He mentioned that the physiologist Richard Bing, who had collaborated with Lindbergh and Carrel, joined Prof Alfred Blalock at the Johns Hopkins Medical School and Hospital to augment the scientific team that opened the field of great-vessel surgery.Some younger readers may not be aware of the fact that Lindbergh and the "ingenious Nobel Laureate," Dr Alexis Carrel, did all of their work at The Rockefeller Institute in New York City. It was here that Lindbergh's unusual mechanically oriented mind proved to be such a great help to Carrel in devising his vascular pump