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The iron lung
Many polio victims' paralysis prevented them from breathing without the help of such machines
Iron lung

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Posted by Former member at 5:27 pm (PST) on Thu February 18, 2010   
My mother was in one of these when she contracted polio in 1951. She stayed in it for about two years, then was able to breathe on her own. I remember visiting her as a little girl and having to look up at a mirror about her to see her face. Something I'll never forget.

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