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CaptionPhotographed from the rear this Emerson respirator also known as an “iron lung” was used by polio patients whose ability to breath was paralyzed due to this crippling viral disease. This iron lung was donated to the CDC’s Global Health Odyssey by the family of polio patient Mr. Barton Hebert of Covington Louisiana who’d used the device from the late 1950s until his death in 2003. J. H. Emerson Co. manufactured this type of life saving respirator in the 1930s but in the 1950’s and ‘60s the invention of portable ventilators made iron lungs obsolete. By 1970 J. H. Emerson Co. ceased manufacturing this apparatus but many still depend on such mechanical ventilation systems on a daily basis.
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