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By Farrah Lawrence-Mackey

A wooden Iron Lung

‘These devices still appear alarming to us today; no wonder ten-year-old Daphne was scared at being told she actually had to lie inside it…’
Research Fellow Farrah Lawrence-Mackey explores the story of a special Iron Lung she came across while carrying out research in the Science Museum Group stores.

As a new display featuring a model of a red blood cell showing abnormalities goes on display in Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries, research fellow Shelley Angelie Saggar explores how Thalassemia has been perceived culturally throughout history.

To celebrate International Wheelchair Day on the 1st March, Research Fellow Kay Nias explores the history behind what has arguably been the most important mobility device in history.