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“The Steel Cocoon”: Tales of the Nurses and Patients of the Iron Lung, 1929-1955

“The Steel Cocoon”: Tales of the Nurses and Patients of the Iron Lung, 1929-1955 (( The Steel Cocoon" Tales of the Nurses and Patients of the Iron Lung, 1929-1955 LYNNE M. DuNPHY College ofNursi ng Flo rida Adanric University And now [ see with eyes serene The very pulse of the machine; A being breathing thoughtfu l breath; uaveler berwixr life and death.' (William Wadswonh, "She Was a Phantom of Delight") The Arrival of an Invis ible Enemy 72,000 CATS KILLED IN PARALYSIS FEAR proclaimed the headli ne of The New York Times for 26 July 1916. Tony Gould, author of A Summer Plague: Polio and Its Survivors, descr ibes t he first major polio outbreak ro occur in the United States with particular eloquen ce: "In the summer of 1916, whi le European armies barrered each other senseless, New Yorkers were engaged in a very differenr kind of scruggle. An invisible enemy was killing and cri ppling children ... quire as effectively as bull ets and shrapnel killed and maimed infantrymen stumbling through the wire a nd mire of Somme." T he o utbreak started in the I tal ian community; the imm igrants became the scapegoats. Indeed, panic, hysteria, confusio n , and chaos cha racterized t he outbreak. Quarantine was http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

“The Steel Cocoon”: Tales of the Nurses and Patients of the Iron Lung, 1929-1955

Nursing History Review , Volume 9 (1): 31 – Jan 1, 2001

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(( The Steel Cocoon" Tales of the Nurses and Patients of the Iron Lung, 1929-1955 LYNNE M. DuNPHY College ofNursi ng Flo rida Adanric University And now [ see with eyes serene The very pulse of the machine; A being breathing thoughtfu l breath; uaveler berwixr life and death.' (William Wadswonh, "She Was a Phantom of Delight") The Arrival of an Invis ible Enemy 72,000 CATS KILLED IN PARALYSIS FEAR proclaimed the headli ne of The New York Times for 26 July 1916. Tony Gould, author of A Summer Plague: Polio and Its Survivors, descr ibes t he first major polio outbreak ro occur in the United States with particular eloquen ce: "In the summer of 1916, whi le European armies barrered each other senseless, New Yorkers were engaged in a very differenr kind of scruggle. An invisible enemy was killing and cri ppling children ... quire as effectively as bull ets and shrapnel killed and maimed infantrymen stumbling through the wire a nd mire of Somme." T he o utbreak started in the I tal ian community; the imm igrants became the scapegoats. Indeed, panic, hysteria, confusio n , and chaos cha racterized t he outbreak. Quarantine was

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 2001

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