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

by Sherwin B. Nuland
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The Doctors' Plague: Germs, Childbed Fever, and the Strange Story of Ignac Semmelweis by Sherwin B. Nuland

"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: 9780393347852
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 04/15/2013
Series: Great Discoveries
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 68,223
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Sherwin B. Nuland (1930—2014) 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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