The Doctors' Plague: Germs, Childbed Fever, and the Strange Story of Ignác Semmelweis
"Ignac Semmelweis is remembered for the now-commonplace notion that doctors must wash their hands before examining patients. In mid-nineteenth century Vienna, however, this was a subversive idea. With deaths from childbed fever exploding, Semmelweis discovered that doctors themselves were spreading the disease. While his simple reforms worked immediately, they also threatened the medical establishment and so undid the passionate but self-destructive Semmelweis that he failed to overturn the status quo, leaving it to later medical giants - Pasteur, Lister, and Koch - to establish conclusively the germ theory of disease." "The Doctors' Plague is a revealing narrative of one of the key turning points in medical history."--BOOK JACKET.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - quizshow77 - LibraryThing
Good if very brief account of an interesting and in some ways tragic figure in the history of medicine. It appears that the author has been researching this case for some years; this book is a ... Read full review
THE DOCTORS' PLAGUE: Germs, Childbed Fever, and the Strange Story of Ignac SemmelweisUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
In the first of Norton's New Discoveries series on scientific breakthroughs, NBA-winner Nuland (How We Die, 1994, etc.) puts into proper historical context the achievements of a pioneering ... Read full review
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Sherwin B. Nuland
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