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Salk, Sabin and the Race Against Polio

Iron lung ward filled with polio patients, Rancho Los Amigos Hospital, California

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

Iron lung in the and for polio. This was the fate of many who contracted polio. (my mother was in an iron lung after she got polio.

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 and

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

In the early century, polio was one of the most feared diseases in industrialized countries, paralysing hundreds of thousands of childr.

11/20/17 The Last of the Iron Lungs  Martha Lillard spends half of every day with her body encapsulated in a half-century old machine that forces her to breathe. Only her head sticks out of the end of the  antique iron lung. On the other end, a motorized lever pulls the leather bellows, creating negative pressure that induces her lungs to suck in air.

The Last of the Iron Lungs

11/20/17 The Last of the Iron Lungs Martha Lillard spends half of every day with her body encapsulated in a half-century old machine that forces her to breathe. Only her head sticks out of the end of the antique iron lung. On the other end, a motorized lever pulls the leather bellows, creating negative pressure that induces her lungs to suck in air.

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 in an abandoned hospital. When I had polio I saw those who died in them or had to live the rest of their lives confined to iron lungs for the rest of their lives.

“Instructing nurses on the use of respirator for a polio patient” 1958.  Unknown photographer/location, via National Archives. These iron lungs would soon be obsolete, thanks to Dr. Salk.

Instructing nurses on the use of respirator for a polio patient Unknown photographer/location, via National Archives. These iron lungs would soon be obsolete, thanks to Dr.

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, 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.

Iron lungs. The polio epidemic. (My mom had polio as a child, a lasting trauma. )

Medical personnel tend to polio victims in an iron lung ward during a epidemic in Boston.

Paul Alexander, one of the last living people who still uses an iron lung, smiles at the camera through a mirror attached to his medical machine.

This lawyer is one of the last people alive who still uses an iron lung

Paul Alexander, one of the last living people who still uses an iron lung, smiles at the camera through a mirror attached to his medical machine.

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…

An Emerson iron lung. Polio patients of the depended on these devices to breathe after being paralyzed with this devastating virus.

Nurses Gertrude Sidow  Susan Felchlin trying out a portable iron lung, Seattle, 1940.

Nurses Gertrude Sidow and Susan Felchlin trying out a portable iron lung, Seattle, 1940 :: Museum of History and Industry

Children in Iron Lungs due to the effects of Polio.  From Murky Recess: Iron Lung Ladies Club

Creepy Pictures of past Medical solutions. Children in an iron lung before the advent of the polio vaccination. Many children lived for months in these machines, though not all survived.

The Last of the Iron Lungs

The Last of the Iron Lungs

Martha Lillard spends half of every day with her body encapsulated in a half-century old machine that forces her to breathe. Only her head sticks out of the end of the antique iron lung. On the other side, a motorized lever pulls the leather bellows, creating negative pressure that induces her lungs to suck in air. #Polio #TheLastoftheIronLungs

The Last of the Iron Lungs

Martha Lillard spends half of every day with her body encapsulated in a half-century old machine that forces her to breathe. Only her head sticks out of the end of the antique iron lung. On the other side, a motorized lever pulls the leather bellows, creating negative pressure that induces her lungs to suck in air. #Polio #TheLastoftheIronLungs

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