Friday, November 15, 2019

The Incubator Fairs...!

Sometimes folks have to go to great lengths to get an invention noticed. Such was the case in this next story from Listverse.

Incubated Babies Fairs

Photo credit: Wikimedia

Before the 20th century, premature babies had very little chance of survival. That was set to change when Dr. Martin Corney invented his incubator, but not many people trusted the machine. Hospitals rejected it, and investors were not forthcoming. To prevent the death of his invention and convince skeptics, Couney came up with a very strange and crazy solution. He built an exhibit in which premature babies will be put on display at fairs and parks. The first exhibit, or “child hatchery,” opened in Berlin in 1896. He soon moved to the US, where he opened an exhibit on Coney Island.

Couney’s exhibit looked like a normal hospital. He placed babies in wards and employed doctors and nurses to look after them. The only difference was that one side of the ward was glass, and people watched through it.

The exhibit was very successful. Parents brought their premature babies to Couney and did not have to pay for medical care. The customers were charged up to 25 cents for the show, and the money collected paid for all expenses. Most of the premature children on display survived. By the time incubated babies fairs ended four decades later, Couney had managed to convince everyone that his incubators were safe.

Not a traditional approach, but it seemed to have done the job. That's what counts, I reckon.

Coffee inside again, even though it is supposed to warm up some out on the patio.


Rob said...

And he the saved babies... That was a good story!

HermitJim said...

Hey Rob...
Sometimes good Karma comes around, right?
Thanks for stopping by this morning!

taminator013 said...

Thanks to the good doctor I have a sister. She was born two months premature back in 1955 and barely weighed two lbs. Without his wonderful invention I don't think that she would be with us today........

linda m said...

I am so glad he persevered. Prematures babies at least now have a fighting chance to live. Great story. See you in the kitchen and have a great weekend.

JO said...

This was a great invention. I think PBS did documentury on this. It was out there to do these babie fairs but it worked.

I'm ready for some nice hot coffee had to do a few things outside this morning and I'm cold

HermitJim said...

Hey Taminator...
This is one invention that has made a positive impact on many lives, that's for sure.
Thanks for coming over today!

Hey Linda...
I'm glad that he was finally accepted and the incubator made a positive impact.
Thanks for the visit this morning!

Hey Jo...
Sometimes extreme steps must be taken to get the right results.
Thanks, dear, for dropping by today!

Mamahen said...

I had actually read this before. He seemed to be an incredible man. A bitwarmer here today, but still only in th 40s....Have a great weekend:))

HermitJim said...

Hey Mamahen...
Hope it gets warmer here as well. I don't like the cold.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Cerulse said...

That's one more thing I never knew before. Thank you!

It's about 72 degrees where I am today. Cloudy, though. I love November.

HermitJim said...

Hey Kathy...
Glad to share something new with you. Sounds like my kind of weather there.
Thanks for stopping by today!

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