June 3, 2013 –The University of Cincinnati Libraries have completed a three-year project to digitize the correspondence and photographs of Albert B. Sabin, developer of the oral polio vaccine and distinguished service professor at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine and Children's Hospital Research Foundation from 1939-1969. The collection is freely and publicly available… Continue reading Albert Sabin archival collection digitized
"I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if people could get into (the iron lung),’ but I couldn’t let them into the real one that we have,” said Cassie Nespor, museum curator. Enter Andy Phillips, YSU carpenter and primary force behind the effort to build a replica “iron lung” that visitors could get in and experience… Continue reading More on the replica Iron Lung
The replica Iron Lung is finally here! This custom-made Iron Lung was created so that visitors can actually go *inside* an Iron Lung and experience what it felt like to be encased in the bright yellow chamber. Polio victims would have lived like this for weeks- or even years! It has a bed that slides… Continue reading Its here!
The Rose Melnick Medical Museum will host a new temporary exhibit called "Life in the Lung" from Friday, July 6th to Friday, August 17th. The museum will hold special weekend hours for Summer Festival of the Arts. Saturday, July 7th: 10am to 7pm Sunday, July 8th: 11am to 5pm The exhibit will feature 20 photographs… Continue reading “Life in the Lung” photo exhibit
Its time to announce an exciting addition to the Rose Melnick Medical Museum- a replica iron lung! Right now its still under construction, but it should be ready to go in April. Once its installed in the "Life in the Lung" exhibit, visitors will be able to go inside and experience what it felt like… Continue reading Anyone want to try out the Iron Lung?
Last week I had my first radio interview! It was for the Ohio Reading Radio Service, which is a special radio station that reads newspapers and magazines to blind people. I did 2 half hour segments for their "Insights" show. We talked about my educational background, the museum collection, and plans to make the exhibits… Continue reading Radio interview
The Melnick Museum has digitized a recording of a March of Dimes fund raising drive from 1952. The drive was held to replenish funds after a recent polio epidemic. During the 20 minute radio program, the announcer Mr. Caldwell interviews three families who were affected by polio. (One of the interviewed children, Judy Shakley, donated… Continue reading Hear the Iron Lung at work!
On Monday, National Public Radio aired a story about Dr. Lauro Halstead, a doctor who published his research about what would come to be known as post-polio syndrome (PPS) 25 years ago this month. Halstead's research described PPS as a condition that affects polio survivors decades after they were first struck by the disease and… Continue reading Polio survivors face new challenges
On Monday night, "The Polio Crusade" aired on PBS's American Experience. The hour long show documented the role of President Roosevelt and the March of Dimes organization in the effort to eradicate the disease. While new advances were being made in the treatment of polio patients, scientists were also racing to find a vaccine. Dr.… Continue reading PBS “Polio Crusade”