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An Iron Lung

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In this image, you see children in an iron lung. What was the function of this machine? (Yes, this is a real picture!)

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Polio did very few funny things to a childs body. Being unable to breath was just one of the tragic results. This is a room size "iron lung" ventilation device built to keep up to five children alive at a time and allowed nurses easier access to care for the patients.

Iron lungs were used for people with paralysis of breathing function- popular in the days of high incidence of polio.

Interesting post!