Phillip Drinker's First Respirator Demonstration, May 27, 1927 (2 of 4)

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Phillip Drinker's First Respirator Demonstration, May 27, 1927 (2 of 4)


artificial respiration


May 27, 1927: After Phillip Drinker’s and Louis Shaw’s successful laboratory and animal experimentation using positive and negative pressure to produce artificial respiration, Dr. Drinker tested the concept on himself on the roof of the Harvard School of Public Health at 55 Van Dyke Street (now called Shattuck Street).

(2) Dr. Drinker prepares to enter the apparatus on a bed made from two "garage creepers."

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May 27, 1927


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Harvard Medical School Faculty and Staff Portrait Collection: D-W, ca. 1774-2001., Ser. 00138, M-CL02, S068.03


The original photographs were likely removed from Philip Drinker's research notebook, "Breathing Machine, 9/26/27 to 12/16/28" (Harvard Medical Library collection, Center for the History of Medicine in the Francis A. Countway Library, Harvard University, call number 1.Mh.1928.D) at some time in the past and later slotted into the faculty image collection. Dr. Drinker donated his notebook to Harvard Medical School in 1955.




“Phillip Drinker's First Respirator Demonstration, May 27, 1927 (2 of 4),” OnView: Digital Collections & Exhibits, accessed August 11, 2022,

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