Puerperal Fever in the Eighteenth Century

Irvine Loudon

in The Tragedy of Childbed Fever

Published in print January 2000 | ISBN: 9780198204992
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676444 | DOI:
Puerperal Fever in the Eighteenth Century

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This chapter examines the earliest ideas about puerperal fever in England during the 18th century. Puerperal fever came into existence in terms of being named and recognized only between the late 17th and middle 18th centuries. It is believed to have been first described by Francois Mauriceau but it was Thomas Willis who first used the term ‘febris puerperarum’ in 1676. The term puerperal fever appeared in 1716 in the essays of physician Edward Strother.

Keywords: puerperal fever; England; Francoise Mauriceau; Thomas Willis; febris puerperarum; Edward Strother

Chapter.  5184 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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