Leonard Hawkins took care of Frederick Snite, as his respirator technician, nurse and friend, for most of the 18(apple)...

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THE MAN IN THE IRON LUNG

Leonard Hawkins took care of Frederick Snite, as his respirator technician, nurse and friend, for most of the 18(apple) years Snite lived in an iron lung. Here he has told his story. It should serve as an object lesson to many. And along with the facts of Snite's life after he contracted polio at the age of 25, there is a good deal of instructive material on the care of patients who are so confined. The outline of the Snite story is familiar to many; he came down with polio in China- one of the worst cases to survive-and more than a year later returned to America to spend his days either in the lung or in a chest respirator. But he was able to marry- and had three daughters; he maintained his tastes for sports, gambling, and bridge; his strong sense- of religion and family never diminished; and his amazing courage did not slacken- even in the later years when he knew he was failing... The facts of this story in itself are memorable and for many they will hold an inspirational value.

Pub Date: April 5, 1956

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Publisher: Doubleday

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1956