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Puerperal Fever: A Curable Disease

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/9780198204992.003.0011
Puerperal Fever: A Curable Disease

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This chapter chronicles the discovery of the cure for puerperal disease. It discusses the contributions of German scientist Paul Ehrlich who worked in immunotherapy and coined the term chemotherapy, British bacteriologist Almroth Wright, English chemist William Perkin, and English physician Leonard Colebrooke. It highlights the introduction of sulphonamides in the mid-1930s as the first effective treatment of puerperal fever. Sulphonamides, which later became known as penicillin, was discovered by Scottish scientist Alexander Fleming.

Keywords: puerperal disease; Paul Ehrlich; immunotherapy; chemotherapy; Almroth Wright; William Perkin; Leonard Colebrooke; sulphonamides; Alexander Fleming; penicillin

Chapter.  9704 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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