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October 5, 1912


JAMA. 1912;LIX(14):1290. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270100058023

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Many improvised infant incubators have been devised, but for simplicity of construction and uniformity of heat, one made by Dr. D. D. Turnacliff of the Midway General Hospital, and shown in the accompanying illustration, has proved as satisfactory as any we have used, not excepting the more elaborate and expensive sort in common use.

A table, a metal stand, rubber gas-tubing, a thermometer, a piece of string and two infant bath-tubs were all the parts used, except an ordinary gasregulating glass tube and an incubator lamp from the laboratory. The lower tub was partly filled with water in which rested the upper or outer tub with the baby. The thermostat was regulated to keep the water at a uniform temperature of 40 C. (104 F.).

Where neither gas nor the thermostat are to be had, the water may be kept warm by means of a small kerosene lamp, a night

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