The Doctors' Plague: Germs, Childbed Fever, and the Strange Story of Ignác Semmelweis
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 (Great Discoveries)User Review - Melbourne on my mind - Goodreads
If you're even remotely squeamish, you probably shouldn't read this book. It's about childbed fever, so there are women dying in agony left right and centre, and then their bodies are autopsied and ... Read full review
Review: The Doctors' Plague: Germs, Childbed Fever, and the Strange Story of Ignac Semmelweis (Great Discoveries)User Review - Susan - Goodreads
Sherwin Nulan's books on the history of medicine are always clearly written and fascinating. The Doctors' Plague traces the history of medical understanding (and misunderstanding) of childbed fever ... Read full review