Technology, Hope, and Motherhood: What We Can Learn from the History of the Infant Incubator
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Jeff Baker, M.D., Ph.D. "Technology, Hope, and Motherhood: What We Can Learn from the History of the Infant Incubator"
Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 5:00 p.m.
Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room, Room 153 Rubenstein Library
Jeff Baker, M.D., Ph.D will present Technology, Hope, and Motherhood: What We Can Learn from the History of the Infant Incubator. At the turn of the last century, a new medical invention known as the infant incubator captured the imagination of physicians and the public. The device became a public sensation and appeared in settings ranging from hospitals to world fairs midway side-shows (complete with live infants). But in the process it set off a great controversy regarding whether so-called premature and weak infants should be rescued in the first place, and whether their care should be entrusted to mothers, physicians, or scientifically-trained nurses.
Dr. Baker is the Director of the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine at Duke University. He is the author of The machine in the nursery : incubator technology and the origins of newborn intensive care (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996) and a leading authority on the history of the infant incubator.
Reception to follow. Free and open to the public.
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