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Boxes, Bubbles and Babies: A little history of medical progress Benedict Wills-Eve

Boxes, Bubbles and Babies: A little history of medical progress

Benedict Wills-Eve

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A century ago, the pinnacle of medical care for vulnerable premature babies was not to be found in a hospital, but in a New York fairground exhibition. The journey from then to now, with modern high-tech specialist hospital units dedicated to theMoreA century ago, the pinnacle of medical care for vulnerable premature babies was not to be found in a hospital, but in a New York fairground exhibition. The journey from then to now, with modern high-tech specialist hospital units dedicated to the care of babies born too small or too sick, is often described as one of steady, inevitable medical progress. It is a tale often told to highlight the great successes of many aspects of modern medicine. But is it really true, or is such straightforward progress simply a myth?This little history examines how medical progress has really happened, finding a far bumpier and messier process than the reassuringly simple one that is often misleadingly presented. This book focuses on the care of premature babies, an area of medicine with a particularly volatile and interesting past that is highlighted through tales of technologies, stories of science and the occasional madness of medics. Covering everywhere from New York to Bogotá and everything from flying masks to kangaroos, the course of medical change turns out to be far from predictable. Sparks of inventive genius, tragic medical mishaps and touching human stories punctuate this unexpected history of progress. The lives and times of the main protagonists provide yet more varied interest. From the incubator doctor to the Birdman of Idaho, a cast of brilliant inventors, determined scientists and medical mavericks bring all play their parts in bringing this story of change to life. Their actions are felt in profound ways by the people that they touch: Parisian mothers, Colombian fathers, an American President and, of course, the little babies whose stories lie at the heart of all progress. The truth, it seems, is far more enthralling then the myth.About the author: Benedict Wills-Eve is a award-winning campaigner for Bliss, the national charity for the newborn in the UK. Born extremely prematurely himself, Benedict benefited from being part of a drug trial at birth. This first sparked off the interest which led him to research the history behind this book. Benedict campaigns to raise awareness of the plight of premature babies and their families, both in the UK and around the world. Although a content writer by profession, he is also active in the new and growing field of patient and public involvement in research. He has an Honours degree in Physiology, during which he worked in research lab investigating some of the many potential causes of premature birth, and a Masters degree in Archaeology.A percentage of the royalties will be donated to Bliss, the UK charity for babies born too soon, too small, too sick - visit them at http://www.bliss.org.uk/