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The Resource The strange case of Dr. Couney : how a mysterious European showman saved thousands of American babies/, Dawn Raffel

The strange case of Dr. Couney : how a mysterious European showman saved thousands of American babies/, Dawn Raffel

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The strange case of Dr. Couney : how a mysterious European showman saved thousands of American babies/
Title
The strange case of Dr. Couney
Title remainder
how a mysterious European showman saved thousands of American babies/
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Dawn Raffel
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eng
Summary
"The extraordinary tale of how a mysterious immigrant "doctor" became the revolutionary innovator of saving premature babies-by placing them in incubators in World's Fair side shows and on Coney Island and Atlantic City.What kind of doctor puts his patients on display? As Dawn Raffel artfully recounts, Dr. Couney figured out he could use incubators and careful nursing to keep previously doomed infants alive, and at the same time make good money displaying these babies alongside sword swallowers, bearded ladies, and burlesque shows. How this turn-of-the-twentieth-century émigré became the savior to families with premature infants, known then as "weaklings"-while ignoring the scorn of the medical establishment and fighting the climate of eugenics-is one of the most astounding stories of modern medicine. And as readers will find, Dr. Couney, for all his opportunistic entrepreneurial gusto, is a surprisingly appealing character, someone who genuinely cared for the well-being of his tiny patients. But he had something to hide. Drawing on historical documents, original reportage, and interviews with surviving patients, acclaimed journalist and magazine editor Dawn Raffel tells the marvelously eccentric story of Couney's mysterious carnival career, his larger-than-life personality, and his unprecedented success as the savior of tiny babies." -- provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
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Raffel, Dawn
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Couney, Martin
  • Respiratory therapy for newborn infants
  • Incubators (Pediatrics)
  • Premature infants
  • Exhibitions
  • Carnivals
  • Neonatal intensive care
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The strange case of Dr. Couney : how a mysterious European showman saved thousands of American babies/, Dawn Raffel
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Bibliography note
Contains index and bibliographical references (pages 267-272)
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
sky293665331
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
284 pages
Isbn
9780399175749
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(hc)
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
The strange case of Dr. Couney : how a mysterious European showman saved thousands of American babies/, Dawn Raffel
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Contains index and bibliographical references (pages 267-272)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
sky293665331
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
284 pages
Isbn
9780399175749
Isbn Type
(hc)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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      22 Main St., Cooperstown, NY, 13326, US
      42.7002449 -74.922166
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