Doctors Plague: Germs Childbed Fever And The Strange Of Ignac Semmelweis

Paperback | November 9, 2004

bySherwin B Nuland

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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.

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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 Vien...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:November 9, 2004Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:039332625X

ISBN - 13:9780393326253

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Nuland has managed to rediscover a critical moment in the history of medicine, the anxieties of which…persist today. — New York Times Book Review