The incubator and the medical discovery of the premature infant.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The invention of the incubator in 1880 ignited a dramatic outpouring of popular and professional excitement over the prospect of reducing premature infant mortality. Yet the technology itself progressed slowly and fitfully over the next 50 years. The story is worth examining not so much from the standpoint of technological progress, but from the perspective of how responsibility for the newborn shifted from mothers to obstetricians and eventually pediatricians. It also illustrates how the history of technology involves more than invention. The invention of the incubator itself was less significant than the development of a system to support the device.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Baker, JP

Published Date

  • 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 321 - 328

PubMed ID

  • 10920793

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0743-8346

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States