The Doctors' Plague: Germs, Childbed Fever, and the Strange Story of Ignác Semmelweis

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2003 - Medical - 191 pages
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An analysis of nineteenth-century Viennese doctor Ignac Semmelweis's reforms of the medical establishment describes his discovery of the correlation between hand washing and reduced infection, recounting how his early work contributed to the subsequent establishment of germ theory. 30,000 first printing.
  

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Review: The Doctors' Plague: Germs, Childbed Fever, and the Strange Story of Ignac Semmelweis

User Review  - Natalie Pyles - Goodreads

The book is written by a surgeon about the childbed fever epidemic of the of the 1600-1800s. Experience what it would have been like in a maternity ward back before they knew about germs, and then put ... Read full review

Review: The Doctors' Plague: Germs, Childbed Fever, and the Strange Story of Ignac Semmelweis

User Review  - Kim Cervantes - Goodreads

Thought this would be better. Kind of dry chose not to finish it. Read full review

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Page 9 - Atropos, cuts the thread of life for those to whom Clotho and Lachesis would give the longest span. There is something so touching in the death of a woman who has recently given birth to her child ; something so mournful in the disappointment of cherished hopes ; something so pitiful in the deserted condition of the new-born helpless creature, for ever deprived of those tender cares and caresses that are necessary for it — that the hardest heart is sensible to the catastrophe.

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Sherwin B. Nuland is clinical professor of surgery at Yale University, where he also teaches bioethics and medical history.

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