Iron lungs

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.

What America Looked Like: Polio Children Paralyzed in Iron Lungs

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

Salk, Sabin and the Race Against Polio

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

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

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...

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.

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

{"Iron Lungs” Still Around. They’re Called Ventilators.} The narrative that iron lungs went out with the apparent taming of polio as a result of the polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk, MD in the early-1950s is a dishonest one. #featured_mcat_medicine

"Iron Lungs" Still Around. They're Called Ventilators.

{"Iron Lungs” Still Around. They’re Called Ventilators.} The narrative that iron lungs went out with the apparent taming of polio as a result of the polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk, MD in the early-1950s is a dishonest one. #featured_mcat_medicine

Teaching doll showing an iron lung, England, 1930-1950 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.  The teaching doll was used at the Lord Mayor Treloar Orthopaedic Hospital in Alton, Hampshire, England. Founded in 1908 Credits: Science Museum London

Teaching doll showing an iron lung, England, 1930-1950 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. The teaching doll was used at the Lord Mayor Treloar Orthopaedic Hospital in Alton, Hampshire, England. Founded in 1908 Credits: Science Museum London

once again, as I researched, I found a woman that lived in an iron lung until 2008. Dianne Odell had been confined to an iron lung for nearly 60 years. She was diagnosed with polio before the polio vaccine was invented.     Odell lived in an iron lung because she had a severe case of polio – bulbar polio – which had left her paralyzed and unable to breathe on her own.

once again, as I researched, I found a woman that lived in an iron lung until 2008. Dianne Odell had been confined to an iron lung for nearly 60 years. She was diagnosed with polio before the polio vaccine was invented. Odell lived in an iron lung because she had a severe case of polio – bulbar polio – which had left her paralyzed and unable to breathe on her own.

Custom built iron lung -- the home-made wooden box was made by hospital engineers at Lansdowne Hospital in Cardiff, Wales, in the 1940s. It wss used until the late 1950s when the hospital purchased a newer and more technologically advanced model.

Custom built iron lung -- the home-made wooden box was made by hospital engineers at Lansdowne Hospital in Cardiff, Wales, in the 1940s. It wss used until the late 1950s when the hospital purchased a newer and more technologically advanced model.

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