‘A Thing Of Wonder’
Although premature babies are now routine, 100 years ago they were part of an exhibit at the World’s Fair. A 1902 article in the San Francisco Chronicle noted that just nine years before, a premature baby was exhibited “as a curiosity, a thing of wonder.” The 1933-34 World’s Fair in Chicago again had a premature baby exhibit, which included incubators and techniques on how to care for the infants. As the use of incubators became more popular, and more accepted, an incubator ambulance service was set up, also in the Windy City. The first ambulance to transport premature babies made its first run in Chicago on this date in 1935.
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