The Doctors' Plague: Germs, Childbed Fever, and the Strange Story of Ignac Semmelweis

The Doctors' Plague: Germs, Childbed Fever, and the Strange Story of Ignac Semmelweis

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by Sherwin B. Nuland
     
 

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ISBN-10: 039332625X

ISBN-13: 9780393326253

Pub. Date: 11/28/2004

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

"Riveting" (Houston Chronicle), "captivating" (Discover), and "compulsively readable" (San Francisco Chronicle).
Surgeon, scholar, best-selling author, Sherwin B. Nuland tells the strange story of Ignác Semmelweis with urgency and the insight gained from his own studies and clinical experience. Ignác Semmelweis is remembered for the now-commonplace

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"Riveting" (Houston Chronicle), "captivating" (Discover), and "compulsively readable" (San Francisco Chronicle).
Surgeon, scholar, best-selling author, Sherwin B. Nuland tells the strange story of Ignác Semmelweis with urgency and the insight gained from his own studies and clinical experience. Ignác 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393326253
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/2004
Series:
Great Discoveries
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
463,920
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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