The Doctors' Plague: Germs, Childbed Fever, and the Strange Story of Ignac Semmelweisby Sherwin B. Nuland
Puerperal (or "childbed") fever killed far more individuals in hospitals than out in the early 1800s, largely because doctors were spreading it by not washing their hands after handling cadavers. Medical historian Nuland (Yale U.) narrates the story of Ignác Semmelweis, who correctly identified the problem, only to wind up with his career and his health ruined. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Sherwin B. Nuland (19302014) was the National Book Award-winning author of How We Die and clinical professor of surgery at the Yale University School of Medicine.
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The book that answers the question, why do we wash our hands? I do not believe in common sense. I have found that everything we take as common sense, many times turns out some one paid for that with their life. This is one such story.
Very entertaining to read, and a still very important story. We doctors & nurses still need to remember the possibility of contamination - think also of the MRSA these days. I read several stories about Ignaz Semmelweis, and it keeps fascinating me. This story had definitely new points of view on his character.