Iron Lungs

Vintage: Iron Lungs for Polio Victims (1930s-1950s)

Vintage: Iron Lungs for Polio Victims (1930s-1950s)

In the early 20th century, polio was one of the most feared diseases in industrialized countries, paralysing hundreds of thousands of children every year. A highly infectious disease, polio attacks the nervous system and can lead to paralysis, disability and even death. The symptoms – pain and weakness, fatigue and muscle loss – can strike any time from 15 to…