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Description:This 1960 photograph depicted a nurse caring for a victim of a Rhode Island polio epidemic, who was inside an Emerson respirator, also sometimes referred to as an “iron lung” machine. Devices such as these were used by polio patients whose ability to breath was paralyzed due to this crippling viral disease.
See Phil images 6524, 6525, 6526, 6527, 6529, 6530, 6531, 6533, and 6534 for pictures of an iron lung that was donated to the CDC’s Global Health Odyssey by the family of polio patient Mr. Barton Hebert of Covington, Louisiana, who’d used the device from the late 1950s until his death in 2003. Notice the mirror attached over-head that enabled the patient to see about his environment.
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Content Providers(s):CDC
Creation Date:1960
Photo Credit:
Links:CDC - Global Health Odyssey
CDC – National Center for Infectious Diseases – Polio (Poliomyelitis, Poliovirus Infection)
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Copyright Restrictions:None - This image is in the public domain and thus free of any copyright restrictions. As a matter of courtesy we request that the content provider be credited and notified in any public or private usage of this image.