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Nurses at Children's Hospital Tending Young Polio Patients Contained in Iron Lung Room

LIFE photograph. children w/ polio in iron lung machine. look at little girl's dolly pinned up next to her...

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from The Atlantic

What America Looked Like: Polio Children Paralyzed in Iron Lungs

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

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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

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Rows of irons lungs filled hospital wards at the height of the polio outbreaks of the 1940s and 1950s. Polio vaccination programs have virtually eradicated new cases of poliomyelitis in the United States. Because of this, and also the development of modern ventilators and widespread use of tracheal intubation and tracheotomy, the iron lung has virtually disappeared from modern medicine. For example, in 1959, there were 1,200 people using tank respirators in the United States, but by 2004…

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from HubPages

Hickory's Miracle-The Polio Hospital That Was Built In Only 54 Hours

Polio epidemics before vaccine. Photo from the or as this was a common site in those days. My mom was a nurse and told me all about this. What a horrible way to live out your life The children were the saddest.

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1958- instructing nurses on the use of a respirator for a polio patient....my mommy had polio in 1953

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