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

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

Sherwin B. Nuland


Original yr of publication: 2003; 2004 - pb

"Riveting" (Houston Chronicle), "captivating" (Discover), and "compulsively readable" (San Francisco Chronicle)

Surgeon, student, best-selling writer, Sherwin B. Nuland tells the unusual tale of Ignác Semmelweis with urgency and the perception won from his personal reports and scientific event. Ignác Semmelweis is remembered for the now-commonplace suggestion that medical professionals needs to wash their fingers prior to analyzing sufferers. In mid-nineteenth-century Vienna, in spite of the fact that, this was once a subversive proposal. With deaths from childbed fever exploding, Semmelweis stumbled on that medical professionals themselves have been spreading the affliction. whereas his easy reforms labored immediately—childbed fever in Vienna all yet disappeared—they introduced down upon Semmelweis the wrath of the institution, and resulted in his tragic end.

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