Go back to article: ‘Iron lung’ as metaphor

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Video snapshot of Drew Pearson trying out an iron lung in 1956

Drew Pearson tries out an iron lung in a report promoting the March of the Dimes (c. 1956). Note how he gasps and struggles against the machine with his healthy lungs, also how, being forced to speak on the exhale, his diction becomes uneven and stilted