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 (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

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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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