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Dawn Raffel with the Jewish Book Festival

November 5, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

$20

The Strange Case of Dr. Couney: How a Mysterious European Showman Saved Thousands of American Babies

Dr. Mar­tin Arthur Couney (née Michael Cohn) was one of the most improb­a­ble heroes of the ear­ly 20th cen­tu­ry. For more than 40 years, he saved tiny pre­ma­ture babies by plac­ing them in incubator sideshows at Coney Island and world’s fairs, right out on the mid­way, next to the sword swal­low­ers and strip­pers. Rather than charge his patients’ par­ents, he fund­ed his prac­tice by charg­ing admis­sion to curi­ous crowds, all the while fight­ing a med­ical estab­lish­ment that claimed these were hope­less cas­es and a eugen­ics move­ment that want­ed the weak­est to die. Despite medical cre­den­tials that were as fab­ri­cat­ed as his name, Dr. Couney was the hid­den father of Amer­i­can neona­tol­ogy, per­son­al­ly respon­si­ble for sav­ing the lives of more than 6,500 chil­dren.

Dawn Raf­fel is a jour­nal­ist, mem­oirist, and short-sto­ry writer whose work has been wide­ly anthol­o­gized.

Details

Date:
November 5, 2019
Time:
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Cost:
$20
Event Category:
Website:
https://jccstl.com/arts-ideas/st-louis-jewish-book-festival/

Organizer

2019 Jewish Book Festival
Phone:
314-442-3152
Email:
abornstein@jccstl.org
Website:
https://jccstl.com/arts-ideas/st-louis-jewish-book-festival/

Other

Kosher
N/A

Venue

Jewish Community Center – Staenberg Family Complex
2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146 United States
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Phone:
314-442-3420
Website:
jccstl.org