Correspondence, Laurence Lunden to Clarence Dennis regarding reimbursement for apparatus used for the heart-lung research project
From 1947-1951 Clarence Dennis, professor of surgery, received funding from the Graduate School, National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Public Health Service to support his research in the development of a heart and lung machine for open heart surgery.
In 1951, Dennis left the University to become the head of the Department of Surgery at the State University of New York Medical Center at New York City, where he transferred his heart-lung machine and additional research equipment. Dennis arranged for The State University of New York to reimburse the University of Minnesota for a portion of the medical equipment that Dennis moved to New York for purposes of continuing the heart-lung machine research.
A reimbursement of over $5,000 was made to the Department of Surgery. In a June 11, 1951 letter to the University Comptroller, Laurence Lunden, Dennis gave reason for this arrangement:
"The justification for this request appears to me to be that both I and the project represent a part of the Department of Surgery and that both have developed under Dr. Wangensteen's guidance and as a part of his department and that therefore anything I could do to help him to pass on such stimulus and guidance to other men in his department, I should make every effort to do."