Cylindrical metal electrical respirator, or iron lung, manufactured by the J. H. Emerson Company of Cambridge, Massachusetts. The machine forces a patient's lungs to inhale and exhale through changes in air pressure. Iron lungs were commonly used to help polio sufferers breath. This iron lung was used at the Veteran's Administration hospital in Topeka, Kansas, in the 1950s and 1960s.
Creator: J.H. Emerson Co.
Item Number: 305426
KSHS Identifier: 1992.24.0
Business and Industry - Health care
Collections - Museum
Date - 1950s
Date - 1960s
Objects and Artifacts - Tools & Equipment for Science & Technology - Medical & Psychological
People - Persons with disabilities
Places - Cities and towns - Topeka
Places - Counties - Shawnee
Type of Material - Objects and Artifacts