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Old Posted Jan 20, 2013, 3:13 PM
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Originally Posted by austlar1 View Post
Are all of those people being treated in iron lungs?? I wonder whether that was business as usual at that hospital or was the picture taken during a polio epidemic? Scary stuff.
Sci Fi meets Noir.

From the looks of things, this hospital was the end of an iron lung assembly line. Probably enough room to secrete a Los Angeles Art Organ and all its pipes.

"Nurses in a ward at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital attend their new patients on March 12, 1949" "The end of the journey. Mrs. Nelson safely reaches Rancho Los Amigos Hospital on March 14, 1949"

"This is the specially-equipped baggage car of Southern Pacific Starlight train in which two polio patients in iron lungs were brought here from San Jose on August 31, 1954."

"From her iron lung in a Des Moines hospital, 11-year-old Darlene sends a plea to Los Angeles on March 9, 1949, for help to locate her missing father, Harry T. Belieu, 43, who is believed to be in this city. The girl was stricken with polio three months ago and her father doesn't know that she is critically ill. The March of Dimes is assisting in this effort. Here a nurse presents her with a birthday cake."

All from LAPL
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