Polio patients in iron lungs in 1952: Past Imperfect Blog - Smithsonian.com (Photo: Wikipedia)

Polio patients in iron lungs in 1952: Past Imperfect Blog - Smithsonian.com (Photo: Wikipedia)

Polio treatment- The Iron Lung - A metal chamber, with a sliding base upon which the patient is place, an electrically operated pump, a gauge and a valve are the chief parts of the outfit. The patient is placed on the sliding bed, shoved into the cabinet and the shield tightly locked. A rubber collar, which fits so snugly that almost no air can pass, is adjusted about the patient's neck. A switch is turned, and the cabinet begins its work.

Polio treatment- The Iron Lung - A metal chamber, with a sliding base upon which the patient is place, an electrically operated pump, a gauge and a valve are the chief parts of the outfit. The patient is placed on the sliding bed, shoved into the cabinet and the shield tightly locked. A rubber collar, which fits so snugly that almost no air can pass, is adjusted about the patient's neck. A switch is turned, and the cabinet begins its work.

20 Vintage Photos of Iron Lungs for Polio Victims From Between the 1930s and 1950s

20 Vintage Photos of Iron Lungs for Polio Victims From Between the 1930s and 1950s

This plastic doll in its own model iron lung was made in order to show child polio patients and their family the treatment the child would receive. An iron lung assists a patient whose breathing muscles have been paralysed by disease. Although the heyday of the iron lung was during the 1930s, 40s and 50s, some elderly polio survivors are still using them. The teaching doll was used at the Lord Mayor Treloar Orthopaedic Hospital in Alton, Hampshire, England. Credit: Science Museum London

This plastic doll in its own model iron lung was made in order to show child polio patients and their family the treatment the child would receive. An iron lung assists a patient whose breathing muscles have been paralysed by disease. Although the heyday of the iron lung was during the 1930s, 40s and 50s, some elderly polio survivors are still using them. The teaching doll was used at the Lord Mayor Treloar Orthopaedic Hospital in Alton, Hampshire, England. Credit: Science Museum London

Iron lungs sit unused in an abandoned state hospital somewhere in the US. There are a handful of people left in the US who these machines, and now no company will provide parts or service for them. Yet these sit here, and probably still work. http://www.pprg.org/index.php?option=com_content=article=76%3Airon-lung-crisis=35%3Aresource-articles=58

Iron lungs sit unused in an abandoned state hospital somewhere in the US. There are a handful of people left in the US who these machines, and now no company will provide parts or service for them. Yet these sit here, and probably still work. http://www.pprg.org/index.php?option=com_content=article=76%3Airon-lung-crisis=35%3Aresource-articles=58

Iron lung in the 1940s and 50's for polio. This was the fate of many who contracted polio. Terrible.

Iron lung in the 1940s and 50's for polio. This was the fate of many who contracted polio. Terrible.

WEEK 3, Ch. 3. Little girl with leg braces for polio.  Polio used to put fear in our hearts until Salk invented a vaccine.

WEEK 3, Ch. 3. Little girl with leg braces for polio. Polio used to put fear in our hearts until Salk invented a vaccine.

Gorilla Mask - Iron Lung (CD)

Gorilla Mask - Iron Lung (CD)

A grim reminder of bygone times is captured in this photo of an iron lung donated by the Kiwanis Club to the Alamance County community in the late 1940s. A polio epidemic sent many from our area into wheelchairs or an iron lung like the one shown here.

A grim reminder of bygone times is captured in this photo of an iron lung donated by the Kiwanis Club to the Alamance County community in the late 1940s. A polio epidemic sent many from our area into wheelchairs or an iron lung like the one shown here.

What America Looked Like: Polio Children Paralyzed in Iron Lungs - Brian Resnick - The Atlantic

What America Looked Like: Polio Children Paralyzed in Iron Lungs - Brian Resnick - The Atlantic

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