ID#: 12009
This historic 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 like these, were used by polio patients, whose ability to breath thwarted due to paralysis of those muscles needed to complete the acts of inhalation and exhalation. 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 had 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 Provider(s): CDC
Creation Date: 1960
Photo Credit:
CDC Organization
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Copyright Restrictions: None - This image is in the public domain and thus free of any copyright restrictions.