The Strange Case of Dr. Couney video, featuring Martin Couney's surviving patients. Yes, Coney Island really looked like this!
Winner of a 2019 Christopher Award
Named by NPR as one of 2018’s Great Reads
The Strange Case of Dr. Couney is the extraordinary tale of how a mysterious immigrant "doctor" became the revolutionary innovator of saving premature babies--by placing them in incubators in World's Fair side shows and on Coney Island and Atlantic City. How this turn-of-the-twentieth-century émigré became the savior to families with premature infants, known then as "weaklings"--while ignoring the scorn of the medical establishment and fighting the climate of eugenics--is one of the most astounding stories of modern medicine. The book has recieved a Christopher Award. Now in its 70th year, the Christopher Awards recognize movies, television, and books that “affirms the highest values of the human spirit.”
“Working in the shadow of the eugenics movement, he insisted that such infants, whom hospitals could seldom save, deserved a chance.” —The New Yorker