iron lung

noun

Definition of iron lung

: a device for artificial respiration in which rhythmic alternations in the air pressure in a chamber surrounding a patient's chest force air into and out of the lungs

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And there is, of course, the iron lung, a giant tube-like respirator — an artifact forever identified with the devastating polio epidemic of the 20th century. Stephan Salisbury, https://www.inquirer.com, "Mutter Museum launching $25 million expansion drive," 5 June 2019 The iron lung, Fitzgerald said, could be the centerpiece of a vivid exhibition focusing on the wild spread of polio and the medical efforts that have led to its near eradication. Stephan Salisbury, https://www.inquirer.com, "Mutter Museum launching $25 million expansion drive," 5 June 2019 As a young teacher in Coffeyville, Brosseau, spent months tutoring a student with polio who was living with an iron lung. Mará Rose Williams, kansascity, "Retired high school teacher leaves more than $7 million to the University of Kansas," 5 June 2018 Parents lived in fear their children would end up in an iron lung. Helen Branswell, STAT, "The vaccine dilemma: How experts weigh benefits for many against risks for a few," 23 Apr. 2018 During his internship at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, Dr. Gold tended to 30 children with polio who were in iron lungs. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Dr. Arnold Gold, 92, Dies; Made Compassionate Care a Cause," 2 Feb. 2018 The work required substantial research into respirators and iron lungs. Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter, "Production Design: From the Streets of 'Detroit' To 'Ebbing, Missouri'," 6 Nov. 2017 Our 21st-century world has left the iron lung behind. David Guston, Slate Magazine, "The Curse of the Halfway Technology," 17 Oct. 2017 The iron lung helped people like O’Brien, an artist and writer, breathe after their neuromuscular systems had succumbed to polio. David Guston, Slate Magazine, "The Curse of the Halfway Technology," 17 Oct. 2017

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iron lung

noun

Medical Definition of iron lung

: a device for artificial respiration in which rhythmic alternations in the air pressure in a chamber surrounding a patient's chest force air into and out of the lungs especially when the nerves governing the chest muscles fail to function because of polio

called also Drinker respirator

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