'Iron lung', 22 November 1938.
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Photograph by Harold Tomlin, a staff photographer on the 'Daily Herald' newspaper. The original 1938 caption reads: 'The first and best known mechanical respirator 'The Drinker' apparatus or 'Iron Lung' in which the whole of the patient's body except the head is enclosed in the respirator.' Serious diseases, such as polio - known as 'infantile paralysis', benefitted from the succes of clinical medicine in the interwar period. This iron lung was just one of 13 reputed to be available in the UK at this precise date.