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Miracle at Coney Island: How a Sideshow Doctor Saved Thousands of Babies and Transformed American Medicine (Kindle Single) (English Edition) eBook Kindle
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Although this is a kindle single, it actually covers a lot in terms of the history of the early care of premature babies and of Couney’s actual life story. We begin with Martin Couney’s (or Cohen’s) early life. How he told his story (although, as we later learn, he had the showman’s ability to reinvent himself) from being born in Alsace-Lorraine and studying under obstetrician Pierre Budin. How he was sent to the Berlin Industrial Exposition in 1896 and found himself between a Congo ‘village’ and Tyrolean yodellers in ‘The Child Hatchery’. Therefore, the linking of science and technology and entertainment was one that was familiar to him. However, when he attempted to take the exhibit to London, doctors were not keen that babies should be used as a sideshow attraction and he had to bring premature babies from France.
By the time Dr Couney arrived in Nebraska , desperate parents were arriving with their babies, looking for hope. At that time, premature babies really had no medical treatment available. Dr Couney’s exhibit – his incubators which kept babies warm and free from germs – seemed to work. Still, his exhibit was always controversial; with the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children calling for the exhibition of infants of places of amusement to be banned.
Throughout his career, Dr Couney craved professional recognition, but being based at Coney Island obviously cast a shadow over this. So, was he running a freak show? Or did he spread important medical ideas and technology? There seems no doubt that he saved thousands of babies and this is a brilliant re-telling of a little known story. I certainly had no idea that incubators were made popular in an amusement park and found this a very interesting and well told story.
Which is that the doctor may not have had a medical degree.
Yeah. Which if she had done any research on the education of doctors before 1910 and the Flexner report would not have been as shocking as she seems to think.
But that lack of a piece of paper throws her completely off. Pay no mind to the fact that this man saved thousands of lives and popularized incubators - Ms. Prentice couldn't find a piece of paper.
She then wants to believe he didn't work with the French doctor who first showed incubators - but neglects to mention how he found the nurse who did work with the French doctor. Neglects to mention how a conman happened to set up a scientific incubation system which saved lives. Neglects to mention why the people who were against him didn't find this relevant.
I don't consider myself a historical expert and even I knew that a medical school degree didn't mean that the person was qualified before the AMA started cracking down in the 1910s.
She's overly impressed with what she discovered or seems to have discovered and failed to understand the wider context of the time.