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St. Louis, Missouri: Two month old Linda Saffel, who weighed only two pounds 15 ounces at birth and now tips the scale at an ounce over five pounds, is ready to be taken home. But before leaving the DePaul Hospital, Baby Linda serves as "model" in a demonstration by Nurse Genevieve Baker, of a new incubator-resuscitator which is already credited with saving three premature infants' lives since it was installed last November.

Ultra-modern Neonatal units (baby incubators) were very popular attractions at the World's Fairs near the turn of the last century. This one was at the 1904 St Louis Fair.

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Nursing Care at RCH in the 1920s

Nurse uniforms thru the years: The first class of student nurses entered Royal Columbian Hospital in 1901 – the era of the horse and buggy doctor and a Victorian way of life. The last class graduated in 1978

Nurse examining chest tube drainage bottle, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 1972. Image courtesy of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.