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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.

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.

“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.

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.

A portable respirator for polio victims, on display in London. Worn like a blouse, the respirator may be plugged into an electrical outlet or powered by a battery. A special nylon fabric developed for the Mt. Everest expedition is used in the respirator - CSU Archives/Everett Collection [Sept. 1955]

A Portable Respirator For Polio Canvas Print / Canvas Art by Everett

Life before vaccination: Elvis Visiting polio victims, May 1957 (a horrifying scourge. Thank you, Jonas Salk and  Albert Sabin for developing the polio vaccine!) In 1957 there were still children contracting Polio. It was a horrible disease. Today we don't have to face children in iron lungs or totally crippled. This is (understatement) a very good thing.

Life before vaccination: Elvis Visiting polio victims, May 1957 (a horrifying scourge. Thank you, Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin for developing the polio vaccine!) In 1957 there were still children contracting Polio. It was a horrible disease.

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PPLD Historic Photo of the Day, From “Polio Pictures” by Stan Payne

polio pictures | I can still remember the smell of wet hot wool from the hot packs. In our hospital they came in a stainless steel container with closed lid. The wet wool was so hot they picked them up using wooden dowels and placed them on our limbs.

This site explores the history of polio, the science and philanthropy behind the vaccines, the experiences of people who contracted polio and their influence on American culture, and current global efforts at stopping transmission of the poliovirus.

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