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December 20 2012 @ 02:30 pm
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In 1896, Inventor Martin Cooney designed the incubator, a device developed to aid premature babies. Cooney was the first to advocate separation of infants from their mothers as a medical procedure for the health of the child. In a bizarre combination of medicine and sideshow, Cooney gathered hundreds of premature babies (they were easy to obtain because doctors assumed premature infants would die), put them into incubators, and exhibited them at various expositions and fairs in America and Europe. Babies were returned when they reached five pound. But until then, their mothers were kept away. (Cooney would not allow mothers to visit with their infats, but did give them a free passes to the exposition) A photograph of Cooney's Exhibit in San Francisco in 1915 shows a brick building with the title "Infant Incubatiors with Living Infants" emblazoned across the facade. Inside the exhibit were rows of tiny metal cabinents looking like microwave ovens with wrapped babies inside. It looked modern for the times, hygienic and sterile, but mothers are nowhere in site.

Once settled on Coney Island, Cooney saved more then five thousand premature infants over the next few decades; and to offset the cost of thier care, he continued to exhibit the babies up through the 1940s New York World's Fair. Cooney's technique was so successful that it was widely adapted by hospitals across the nation when they built premature infant wards. More broadly, it became standard practice even for normal babie to be taken away and placed in incubators where they would be observed by nurses, rather than to be left with their mothers.

Video: http://www.travelchannel.com/video/the-coney-island-sideshow

Source: http://www.myspace.com/littlepixies/blog/426440695
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Mira -Blueberry Witch / human in Elf disguise..: eeek!miravisu on December 28th, 2012 08:30 am (UTC)
It is rather scary how some progress has been made, all in the name of science. Dr Semmelweis is another doc I'm grateful for though, but he also faced ridicule at first..

We've also discussed some about past treatment methods in Swedish psychiatric care, and also what kind of discussions future generations are likely to have about our barbaric ways..
Jill aka Josireesanwar on January 2nd, 2013 09:40 pm (UTC)
I read about him. He's another person we should be grateful ever existed.