The Municipal Medical-Historic Museum Hieremias Triverius Brachelius van Brakel received a iron lung on loan from doctor Bruno De Turck from Erpe-Mere. In the 1950s, many children and adults became infected with the poliomyelitis virus, a nerve infection that causes muscle paralysis. When the pectoral muscles were affected, the patients could only survive in an iron lung or a variant of it. Thanks to the polio vaccination, the only one that is still mandatory in children, such devices have become museum pieces. It is an important asset at a time when vaccination is increasingly being questioned. It can strengthen the educational role of the museum towards young people and students.