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Rubber Lungs for Iron (Feb, 1938)

This is a weird picture. She’s wearing a very short skirt, heels and appears to have a deep sea diver bursting out of her stomach.

Rubber Lungs for Iron

The research laboratories of an Ohio tire company have developed a new respirator, made of rubber, which it is hoped will replace the heavy and uncomfortable “iron lung” now used in medical cases where the patient’s lung muscles have become useless through infantile paralysis or other disease.

Patient Travels in Trailer with an ‘Iron Lung’ (Oct, 1938)

Patient Travels in Trailer with an ‘Iron Lung’

Kept alive by an “iron lung” for many months since he was stricken with infantile paralysis while traveling in China, Frederick B. Snite, Jr., of River Forest, Ill., now has a trailer fitted with an iron lung for touring in this country. The portable “lung” is pushed up a runway into the trailer and supplied with power by a generating plant behind the cab. The mechanical device does his breathing for him while he watches the scenery in a rear-view mirror or in a periscope mirror on the roof. The trailer is air conditioned and has its own kitchen.

Polio-Mobile (Mar, 1947)


This hospital-on-wheels brings new hope to isolated polio victims.

THE dread disease often strikes far away from modern hospitalization. This fact gave rise to the mobile polio clinic pictured here. Built into a nine-ton semi-trailer and drawn by a tractor-truck, the unit was developed by the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, under the supervision of Alan A. Rich. Packed into the comparatively limited space of the trailer are an iron lung, a hot pack machine for Sister Ken-ney treatments, a resuscitator, aspirators . and a ray lamp. The mobile clinic can be rushed to sections where outbreaks of polio overtax stationary equipment. The unit has already been in action in the Peoria, Ill., area. It proved invaluable.

NEW in SCIENCE (Aug, 1949)


Mechanical Sleeve tests a new lightweight fabric called X-Cloth which is made from powdered aluminum with a vinylite plastic base. It reflects back the radiant heat of the body. James H. Rand, Bratenahl, Ohio.

Underwater Fireman can fight marine fires like the blazes with this new submergent fire-fighting suit. It’s specially equipped with a hose mask for helping the New York Fire Department quench difficult pier blazes.

Irradiation Man tests penetration of X-ray. Strips of film are placed inside the dummy (Mr. Cruik-shank by name), and then the four-million-volt generator is turned on him to see if the rays can reach them.

New Lung Lets Patient Sit Up (Nov, 1953)

New Lung Lets Patient Sit Up
A polio victim needn’t lie on his back in this new respirator, being tested at the Harvard School of Public Health. It was designed to give a patient a more normal view of the world than he gets when confined to other “iron lungs.” He sits on a comfortable chair that can be raised, lowered and otherwise adjusted.

Metal Lungs Give Life (Jul, 1938)

Words I never thought I’d say: “Wow, that girl in the Iron Lung looks sexy!”

Metal Lungs Give Life

DEATH stands at the hospital bedside, waiting. Beneath the covers, a gasping youngster rights for breath. He is a’victim of infantile paralysis. Slowly, cruelly, the dreadful fingers of paralysis clutch at the chest muscles which pump the breath of life through his body. Soon those muscles will cease to function and the youngster will cease to breathe.

But death has not reckoned with the mechanical ingenuity of man.

DIY Iron Lung (Jan, 1952)

Should you ever need one, here are detailed instructions on how to make your own
iron wooden lung.

Amazingly, in a later issue they have a little notice saying that due to the huge response the magazine got about this article they were offering a large set of blue prints and templates. I guess a lot of people actually built these.

Emergency Wooden Respirator

Could a life have been saved in your community if a mechanical respirator had been at hand for immediate use? Often just a matter of minutes means the difference between life or death for a little child stricken with polio, or a victim of drowning or a paralyzing accident. Here’s a chance for every community to be ready at little expense for such emergencies. Members of clubs and civic organizations can do a great service by making one of these respirators and placing it in competent hands. Save a life — maybe your own.