Fake Doctor Saves Thousands of Lives on Coney Island
Constant Wonder - Radio Archive, Episode 982 , Segment 1
Episode: Saving Preemies Through Sideshow Incubators
- Apr 29, 2021 7:00 pm
- 29:51 mins
History is full of frauds who are only in it for the money, but this wasn’t true for Dr. Martin Couney. Instead, this fake doctor actually saved thousands of lives, thanks to incubators in which he displayed preemies in a Coney Island sideshow. He was so successful that hospitals sent him their toughest cases. Guest: Dawn Raffel, author of "The Strange Case of Dr. Couney: How a Mysterious European Showman Saved Thousands of American Babies"