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An Introduction to Puerperal Fever

Irvine Loudon

in The Tragedy of Childbed Fever

Published in print January 2000 | ISBN: 9780198204992
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676444 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204992.003.0001
An Introduction to Puerperal Fever

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This chapter discusses the coverage of this book, which is about puerperal or childhood fever that was prevalent in England during the 18th and 19th centuries. This book provides case histories and describes the clinical features, pathology, mortality rate, bacteriology, and the nomenclature and synonyms for puerperal fever. It chronicles the story of puerperal fever from its earliest recognition to the development of antiseptics and other treatments by Louis Pasteur, Lord Lister, and Ignaz Semmelweis.

Keywords: puerperal fever; England; pathology; bacteriology; Louis Pasteur; Lord Lister; Ignaz Semmelweiz

Chapter.  6655 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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