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The extraordinary tale of how a mysterious immigrant "doctor" became the revolutionary innovator in saving premature babies by placing them in incubators in World's Fair side shows and on Coney Island and Atlantic City.

Was Martin Couney a charlatan or a good doctor?

As Dawn Raffel artfully recounts, Dr. Couney figured out he could use incubators and careful nursing to keep previously doomed infants alive and at the same time make good money displaying these babies alongside sword swallowers, bearded ladies, and burlesque shows. How this turn-of-the-20th-century émigré became the savior to families with premature infants, known then as "weaklings" - while ignoring the scorn of the medical establishment - is one of the most astounding stories of modern medicine. And as listeners will find, Dr. Couney, for all his opportunistic entrepreneurial gusto, is a surprisingly appealing character, someone who genuinely cared for the well-being of his tiny patients. But he was not, after all, a doctor.

Drawing on newly discovered documents, obscure contemporary reports, and interviews with some of the now elderly surviving infants, acclaimed journalist and magazine editor Dawn Raffel tells the marvelously eccentric story of Couney's mysterious carnival career, his larger-than-life personality, and his unprecedented success as the savior of tiny babies.

©2018 Dawn Raffel (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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Fascinating

Husband and I both enjoyed this audible selection immensely. Will share w/ others. Thank yih

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Dr. Couney has rewards in heaven.

What a Brave Hero. This book is a beautiful tribute to a man who saved so many lives. I will read it again.

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