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Polio and Iron Lungs in the 1950s | American Masters — Tanaquil Le Clercq: Afternoon of a Faun


Watch the full-length episode at http://video.pbs.org/video/2365268839/?utm_source=youtube&utm_medium=pbsofficial&utm_campaign=amms_covefullprogram (US Only)
Ballerina Tanaquil Le Clercq contracted polio while on tour in Europe in 1956 and was hospitalized in Copenhagen, where an iron lung kept her breathing. “American Masters — Tanaquil Le Clercq: Afternoon of a Faun,” includes archival footage showing patients in iron lung machines. It airs Friday, June 20 on PBS (check local listings).