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Puerperal Fever: Causes and Contagion

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/9780198204992.003.0006
Puerperal Fever: Causes and Contagion

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This chapter examines the changing views of mid-century authorities in England on the nature and causes of puerperal fever. During this period, there was a constant change in ideas on the nature, cause, prevention, and treatment of infectious diseases including puerperal fever. There were some authorities who believed puerperal fever was a disease of the uterus, others considered it a form of peritonitis, and suspected that puerperal fever might not be one but several different diseases.

Keywords: puerperal fever; England; infectious disease; uterus disease; peritonitis

Chapter.  6117 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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