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The Doctors' Plague : Germs, Childbed Fever, and the Strange Story of Ignac Semmelweis - Sherwin B. Nuland

The Doctors' Plague

Germs, Childbed Fever, and the Strange Story of Ignac Semmelweis

Paperback Published: 17th November 2004
ISBN: 9780393326253
Number Of Pages: 192

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Surgeon, scholar, best-selling author, Sherwin B. Nuland tells the strange story of Ignac Semmelweis with urgency and the insight gained from his own studies and clinical experience. 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-childbed fever in Vienna all but disappeared-they brought down upon Semmelweis the wrath of the establishment, and led to his tragic end.

"Nuland has managed to rediscover a critical moment in the history of medicine, the anxieties of which...persist today." -- New York Times Book Review

ISBN: 9780393326253
ISBN-10: 039332625X
Series: Great Discoveries
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 17th November 2004
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.2 x 13.6  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.18
Edition Number: 1