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

Raffel, Dawn, (author.).
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  • 5 of 8 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Benton Co PL - Fowler B COUNEY (Text) 34044000952802 Adult Biography Available -
Danville-Center Twp PL - Danville 618.9201 Raf (Text) 32604000205271 DCTPLD AD New Books Available -
Greensburg-Decatur Co PL - Greensburg BIO COUNEY (Text) 32826014155097 New Books Checked out 08/24/2018
Jay Co PL - Portland B C855 (Text) 76383000461411 Adult New Shelf, B Available -
Spencer Co PL - Rockport Main Library 618.92 RAF (Text) 70741000151496 Adult Non Fiction Available -
West Lafayette PL - West Lafayette 921 Couney, Martin (Text) 31951004327075 Main Floor - New Arrivals In process -
Whiting PL - Whiting 618.92 C832 (Text) 51735011894267 Adult department--Reserve books In process -
Winchester Comm. PL - Winchester 921 COU (Text) 76682000147315 Adult Nonfiction Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780399175749
  • ISBN: 0399175741
  • Physical Description: 284 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Blue Rider Press, [2018]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-272) and index.
Summary, etc.:
"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.
Subject: Couney, Martin > Biography.
Respiratory therapy for newborn infants > United States > History.
Incubators (Pediatrics) > United States > History.
Premature infants > United States.
Exhibitions > United States > 20th century.
Carnivals > United States > 20th century.
Neonatal intensive care > Popular works.
Genre: Biographies.

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