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March 24, 1917


Author Affiliations

Cleveland Fellow of the American College of Surgeons; Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics, Western Reserve University, School of Medicine; Obstetrician, St. Luke's Hospital

JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(12):911. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270030243014

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The success which we have had with an inexpensive and simple incubator, whch I devised for our use at St. Luke's, together with a number of requests from physicians, leads me to publish this description. The incubator as presented provides equable safe heat, adequate moisture, and a constant supply of circulating air. With ordinarily intelligent supervision it is absolutely safe.

On two points in its management emphasis must be placed:

1. The electric light bulbs must be shaded to protect the infant's eyes from the light.

2. The incubator must be kept at a higher temperature than that of the room air to insure circulation.

It consists of a large box with an air inlet opening near the base at one end, and a similar air outlet near the top at the other end. The heat is supplied by a row of electric lights (other heat units may be used,

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