Polio patients in iron lungs in 1952.  (Nostalgia doesn't always mean 'good' ... but what IS good is that I never got polio ... and that the polio vaccine was created.  Millions upon millions of people have had it ... polio is not the scary thing it was when I was a child.  Thank the Good Lord.

Salk, Sabin and the Race Against Polio

Polio patients in iron lungs in 1952. (Nostalgia doesn't always mean 'good' ... but what IS good is that I never got polio ... and that the polio vaccine was created. Millions upon millions of people have had it ... polio is not the scary thing it was when I was a child. Thank the Good Lord.

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…

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…

What America Looked Like: Polio Children Paralyzed in Iron Lungs

What America Looked Like: Polio Children Paralyzed in Iron Lungs

vintage everyday: 20 Vintage Photos of Iron Lungs for Polio Victims From Between…

vintage everyday: 20 Vintage Photos of Iron Lungs for Polio Victims From Between…

Iron lung ward filled with polio patients, Rancho Los Amigos Hospital, California, 1953

Iron lung ward filled with polio patients, Rancho Los Amigos Hospital, California, 1953

At first glance, this image shocks and saddens from the enormity of the problem of sick children in need of iron lungs. On closer examination, it is clear that the equipment that usually accompanied people using iron lungs, such as tracheotomy tubes and pumps and tankside tables, is not present (compare the picture to photographs in the section on the iron lung). This scene was staged for a film.

At first glance, this image shocks and saddens from the enormity of the problem of sick children in need of iron lungs. On closer examination, it is clear that the equipment that usually accompanied people using iron lungs, such as tracheotomy tubes and pumps and tankside tables, is not present (compare the picture to photographs in the section on the iron lung). This scene was staged for a film.

A dozen children in iron lungs line the hall of Herman Kiefer Hospital in Detroit, recovering from an infection that has paralyzed their respiratory system.

What America Looked Like: Polio Children Paralyzed in Iron Lungs

A dozen children in iron lungs line the hall of Herman Kiefer Hospital in Detroit, recovering from an infection that has paralyzed their respiratory system.

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

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

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