Miracle at Coney Island: How a Sideshow Doctor Saved Thousands of Babies and Transformed American Medicine (Kindle Single)

Miracle at Coney Island: How a Sideshow Doctor Saved Thousands of Babies and Transformed American Medicine (Kindle Single)

Claire Prentice / Jul 14, 2020
Miracle at Coney Island How a Sideshow Doctor Saved Thousands of Babies and Transformed American Medicine Kindle Single How did thousands of premature infants come to be exhibited at America s most popular amusement park In Miracle at Coney Island How a Sideshow Doctor Saved Thousands of Babies and Transformed American
  • Title: Miracle at Coney Island: How a Sideshow Doctor Saved Thousands of Babies and Transformed American Medicine (Kindle Single)
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  • How did thousands of premature infants come to be exhibited at America s most popular amusement park In Miracle at Coney Island How a Sideshow Doctor Saved Thousands of Babies and Transformed American Medicine, Claire Prentice uncovers the incredible true story of Martin Couney, the incubator doctor Couney ran his incubator facility for premature babies at Coney IslanHow did thousands of premature infants come to be exhibited at America s most popular amusement park In Miracle at Coney Island How a Sideshow Doctor Saved Thousands of Babies and Transformed American Medicine, Claire Prentice uncovers the incredible true story of Martin Couney, the incubator doctor Couney ran his incubator facility for premature babies at Coney Island from 1903 to 1943 and set up similar exhibits at World s Fairs and amusement parks across America, and in London, Paris, Mexico and Brazil.Couney s techniques were advanced for the time and his facility was expensive to run But he didn t charge the parents of the preemies a penny instead the public paid to see them He claimed to have a survival rate of 85 percent By contrast, most mainstream doctors in the early part of the 20th century regarded premature babies as weaklings and did little or nothing to save them.Prentice s meticulous research unravels the mystery of Couney s origins, and reveals that the incubator doctor was not all that he seemed She brings one of the most extraordinary stories in American medicine to life through interviews with Couney s former incubator babies Claire Prentice is an award winning journalist and the author of The Lost Tribe of Coney Island Headhunters, Luna Park, and the Man Who Pulled Off the Spectacle of the Century She has contributed to the BBC, the Washington Post, the Times of London, The Guardian, the Smithsonian magazine, the Huffington Post, NPR, Marie Claire, and the Sydney Morning Herald.
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    1. I came across this book after hearing, My Life Under Glass on Radio 4 a documentary about Dr Martin Couney s Infant Incubator exhibit, bizarrely situated at Coney Island This is the story of how a sideshow doctor saved thousands of lives and transformed medicine, though exhibiting premature babies in a sideshow exhibit From 1904 to 1943 the crowds flocked to see a medical miracle while the parents of the babies were never charged for the care, the cost being met by the entrance fee, the question [...]


    2. A little dry in the presentation, with some aspects of the story being told multiple times, but you cannot help but be amazed at the miraculous story of the man who devoted his adult life to ensuring the survival of premature infants in the last 19th early 20th century My own son was a preemie at 30 weeks so I can only imagine the grief of a parent who was told by hospitals and doctors of the time to take them and let them die in peace An interesting read.


    3. This is quite an interesting story Dr Martin Couney was a pioneer in the incubation therapy of premature babies He started out life as Martin Cohn, but eventually changed his name to Martin Couney when he emigrated to America in the late 1800s Couney was also not a trained doctor, although many did not realize it He made a name for himself by creating incubator shows at various worlds fairs, expos, and the boardwalks of Atlantic City and Coney Island, helping to save the lives of thousands of pr [...]


    4. Ever since I saw a segment about this on Mysteries at the Museum, I ve been intrigued by the story of the incubator babies at Coney Island.This book is a great introduction to the story of the babies and the man who created the show to help thousands of babies This books covers than 50 years of the trials and successes Martin Couney had while trying to convince the world that premature babies were worth saving Highlights of the book include biographical history of Couney, the strict conditions [...]



    5. Interesting look at a man who brought life and recognition of life to those born prematurely and an enlightening look at medicine and society in the early 1900 s.Babies born prematurely at the turn of the 20th century had little chance of survival Most mothers gave birth in their homes hospitals were only used by the poor who couldn t pay for a house call and because 15 and 20% of those born did not make it to their first birthday, neither doctors nor hospitals gave much priority to those born p [...]


    6. This was an interesting story about the dr to invented incubators for nicus It got repetitive but was still a good read One of nurses is Evelyn lundeen who was part of the innovation and it makes me super curious if we re related


    7. Excellent writing, great storytelling What a treat to find this morsel of American history not widely known The author asks at one point, Was he a visionary or an opportunist An evangelist or a showman To wit I answer, He was a visionary who saw a need AND saw the way to fill the need My personal opinion is that he was doing God s work, expanding life and ancestry lines Even though he wasn t a deeply religious man, God used him to get the job done that needed doing In spite of his human frailtie [...]


    8. What do preemie babies, Coney Island, and World s Fairs have in common Dr Martin Couney In the late 1800s, most doctors didn t even think premature infants were worth trying to save, but Dr Couney did Some have described him as an anti eugenisist When most of the medical community thought of preemies as a waste of resources, Dr Couney sought to educate He cared for some of the most vulnerable babies utilizing incubators of his own design and did so with no expense for the parents How Through tic [...]


    9. I can t tell you how many times I ve read about these babies at Coney Island and elsewhere while reading other things, whether it was books or magazine articles, or encyclopedias So when I saw this book on the doctor who started all this, of course, I grabbed it The book didn t disappoint too much It was very interestingI m always amazed at the types of things that people got away with prior to even the 1960 s Considering I ve read so much about eugenics and the Nazis and written about all of th [...]


    10. If you are the least bit curious how modern medicine made strides in premature infant care, this is the book to read Claire Prentice the history of Martin Couney and his incubators Carnival show You will be astounded at his success and you will be horrified how long it took before the American Medical world finally caught on to what he was doing and even longer before they started implementing his methods Mr Couney saved a lot of babies of all genders, nationalities and race and their parents di [...]


    11. I like Claire Prentice s non fiction books about famous Coney Island side shows very much The Lost Tribe of Coney Island unmasked a horrible showman who exploited native people from the Philippines The latest from her is about a showman that did great work and saved thousands of premature infants from the beginning of the 20th Century until the 1940s All of them the children of people who couldn t afford long hospital stays If you like learning about old New York this is the book for you


    12. Incubator historyDetailed history of how the incubator for premature infants was introduced to medical doctors and the public first as a sideshow at expositions There was no cost to the parents because the entrance fee covered the cost of the medical staff In a time where premature infants were considered to week to survive, the the incubator gave the tiny babies a good chance to live.


    13. Preemies on the Midway Awesome I had heard references to Martin Couney s exhibitions of premature infants for years and always been curious about how this had all happened Fortunately for me, Claire Prentice did the research for me, then wrote it all out in an engaging narrative My only beef she doesn t mention when Archie Leach worked as a barker but makes mention of it in a chapter Ser in 1901.


    14. Well worth reading very interesting, I love reading stories about the past Dr Or not Dr Martin Couney deserves so much credit for saving so many premature babies and opening the eyes of Americans that every life deserves a chance.


    15. Very interesting to see how a man could use a sideshow to create waves in the medical community in order to advocate for premature babies.


    16. This is one of those rare books one reads for the captivating story than for the quality of story telling Dr Martin Couney was a pioneer in developing medical technology and techniques for the care of premature infants beginning at the very end of the nineteenth century and carrying on into the World War II years And how he did this was shocking to our modern sensibilities he built incubators, placed preemie babies in them, and then put them on display at side shows, expositions and fairs, alon [...]


    17. Although I had one baby who needed to spend some time in an incubator, it had never crossed my mind to wonder about the history of such a life saving device And if I had, I probably would not have believed the story of how they came to be popularized.Preemies displayed side by side with a freak show or exotic dancer at a huge amusement park And people pay money to come see them Yup This is the story of Dr Martin Couney who apparently wasn t really a doctor who saved thousands of premature babies [...]


    18. I grabbed this as a free prime loaner from , thinking it was simply a short fiction story, never looking at the description just choosing because is was a kindle short I just started the preface and realized it is a true story.It was Coney Island in the early 1900 s Beyond the Four Legged Woman, the sword swallowers, and Lionel the Lion Faced Man, was an entirely different exhibit rows of tiny, premature human babies living in glass incubators Barkers, including a young Cary Grant, called out to [...]


    19. Did you know that the first official neonatal care facility in an official hospital was not until 1939 and was at Cornell University HOWEVER, 40 years earlier, neonatal care facilities were part of Fairs, Expositions, Atlantic City Boardwalk, and Coney Island Pay a nickle and see amazing babies in incubators Barkers would stand outside and encourage midway goers to enter to see the wonder of science And right next door would be a barker encouraging you to enter and see their burlesque show Archi [...]


    20. A bit dry at times, but this is a really interesting story A man by several names found a way to save what had been deemed unsavable and he did it while turning a profit for himself He built a comfortable life for himself, yet it seems he may not have been completely honest about what the details to that life were Nobody seemed to ever question him even though many people were busy criticizing him How he went undetected and achieved success is remarkable No matter what, the end result of his lif [...]


    21. I enjoyed reading this book I had absolutely no knowledge of the subject of premature babies or that someone used fairs and exhibits to show how to care for these children whose parents had been turned away from hospitals starting in the early 1900s Very well written in that the author didn t take sides as to what he did was right or wrong It does leave you with a lot of questions at the end that probably will never be answered Well researched and documented book Would have liked to have picture [...]


    22. Really interestingWhile this book reads as a very long article rather than as a story, it was extremely interesting It was an episode in American popular history that I was wholly unaware of and I found it most intriguing The information was well researched and presented factually I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys pop history, medical history, babies or history on boardwalks or fairs and expositions A succinctly presented thin slice of America s past.


    23. I discovered this book on prime and the title intrigued me I found it a fascinating story and enjoyed the surprises revealed as the story progressed It s a piece of our American history that I d never heard It s a rather short book, easy to read, but I read a while, switched to another book, and then back again Not that I didn t enjoy it, I just like to book hop, I guess If you like personal histories, I would recommend this tidbit of history.


    24. AmazingI love history but sometimes it can be boring This book is definitely not boring I can picture carnivals today and can t imagine premature babies being cared for in such an environment This man dedicating his life to the care of so many children and loving each one I really enjoyed the interviews with some of the surviving children and that some live to be on their 90 s.


    25. Fascinating Recently I became a grandmother to premature twins so when I saw this book on I knew I had to read it While it took the medical field a half century to admit that premature babies could go on to live and become healthy adults, Martin Coumey knew and proved could be done Was the method unorthodox, yes, but the care he took and the lives he saved were worth it Truly an amazing man of vision.


    26. What an amazing story I had no idea that Dr Couney existed A showman determined to save babies lives at a time when incubators were not widely available, this book makes the case that he advanced neonatal care Interestingly enough, he may not have even been a doctor I d never heard of the Coney Island babies and now I want to learn .


    27. I read this for two reasons, first I had heard of the Coney Island exhibits from a history podcast and found it interesting Secondly, I m a premie and even during the early 50s the survival rate for under 2 lb premies was nowhere near what it is now The author repeated details which made for dry reading, but I still enjoyed knowing about the subject.


    28. Well reseatrched and writtenPrentice did an excellent job of illuminating a little known piece of history with interesting, and sometimes evocative, detail I couldn t stop reading.


    29. The story about incubator babies is really interesting Coney s story isn t just a crazy story about a real person, but he s ideas also changed the world and saved the lives of many people that wouldn t be alive without him today.


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