First Use of the Iron Lung - Oct. 12, 1928

This Day in History Class

An iron lung was used for the first time on this day in 1928. There's more about iron lungs and their uses in polio cases in the January 30, 2017 episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class, "Ed Roberts and the Independent Living Movement," and the November 11, 2011 episode, "Polio: The Dread Disease." Learn more about your ad-choices at
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