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ERIC Number: EJ824452
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
Incubator Baby Shows: A Medical and Social Frontier
Lieberman, Hannah
History Teacher, v35 n1 p81-88 Nov 2001
America's first hospitals for premature infants were built at the turn of the twentieth century at fairs, amusement parks, and expositions. These hospitals represented both a medical and a social frontier. They had a great impact on American medicine because they demonstrated the success of caring for premature infants using incubators. The incubator hospitals were a social frontier, because they challenged many of the social norms of the time, providing affordable care while marketing their product and making a large profit. The hospitals also had an impact on society as a whole because the public was exposed to new technology, which greatly improved the care of premature infants. This article presents the history of American incubator hospitals. (Contains 2 figures and 21 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States