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ITEM Identifier: WAM001, 22031

Brigham and Women's Hospital. Emerson Respirator or "Iron Lung," serial number TC-001, manufactured by the J.H. Emerson Co. of Cambridge, Massachusetts in the late 1940s and used at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts until the 2000s, 1940-1950


  • 1940-1950
  • Usage: 1940-2010


Language of Materials

Object labels, inscriptions, etc. are primarily in English.

Conditions Governing Access

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Biographical / Historical

The iron lung was built by the Emerson Company of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The iron lung was purchased by Brigham and Women's Hospital in the 1940s and stayed in consistent use at the hospital until the 2000s. Acc. #2019-044W.

Repository Details

Part of the Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine) Repository

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