Unity Club explores the unusual pioneer in neonatal medicine


March 13, 2019 - 10:09 AM

As part of her Iola United Club book report Monday, Kit McGuffin reviewed “The Strange Case of Dr. Couney — How a Mysterious European Showman Saved Thousands of American Babies,” by Dawn Raffel.

McGuffin recounted a spell-binding tale, in which Couney revolutionized neonatal care more than 100 years ago, saving more than 7,000 infants in the process.

Couney used incubators and careful nursing to keep previously doomed infants alive, while displaying these babies alongside sword swallowers, bearded ladies and burlesque shows at Coney Island, Atlantic City and venues across the nation. 

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