Iron Lungs and Polio: Two People Remain in the U.S. That Rely on Iron Lungs to Breathe

In the 1950s, thousands of people suffering from polio relied on tank respirators for their survival

A nurse cares for a patient inside an iron lung machine in 1960/Photo by CDC/Public Domain

Twelve thousand people in the U.S. with paralytic polio used iron lungs to help them breathe in 1959. By 2004, it was 39. Today just two people in the…

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Jennifer Geer

Jennifer Geer

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