Sarah Ruth Bates
Writer, editor and teacher, Boston and Tucson

Sarah Ruth Bates is a writer, editor and teacher. Her writing has appeared in The Boston Globe Magazine, Salon and Appalachia Journal, among others. She is an MFA candidate in nonfiction at the University of Arizona, where she edits the Sonora Review, and teaches undergrad composition. She lives in Boston and Tucson.

Written by Sarah Ruth Bates

A polio patient receives treatment via an ‘iron lung’, the nurse adjusting the flow of air pressure. United States c1955. Photo by Three Lions Inc/Getty

Essay/
Medicine
Life and breath

There’s a strange, and deeply human, story behind how we taught machines to breathe for critically ill patients

Sarah Ruth Bates