Girl in "iron lung"

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Title

Girl in "iron lung"

Subject

Poliomyelitis--history; Poliomyelitis--therapy; Epidemics; Ventilators, Mechanical

Description

In the early 1950's, polio--also called "infantile paralysis"--was epidemic in Dallas and the rest of the USA. The disease paralyzed muscles, including those controlling breathing. Some patients required a mechanical ventilator or "iron lung." This photo of a girl in an iron lung in Parkland Hospital is labeled "16th Birthday."

Creator

Unknown

Publisher

From the collections of the Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division Dallas Public Library.

Date

Milestone date: 1952
Creation date: Circa 1952

Rights

This item may be copyright protected. If so, fair use printing and downloading are allowed for educational purposes only. Distribution, particularly for commercial purposes, requires permission from Dallas Public Library.

Identifier

ext_00009

Rights Holder

Dallas Public Library

Geolocation

Citation

Unknown, “Girl in "iron lung",” Exhibits, accessed July 16, 2018, https://utswlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/61.