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

Sherwin B. Nuland

Published by W. W. Norton & Company, 2004
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Paperback. Surgeon, scholar, best-selling author, Sherwin B. Nuland tells the strange story of Ignac Semmelweis with urgency and the insight gained from his own studies and clinical experience. Ignac.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 205 pages. 0.181. Bookseller Inventory # 9780393326253

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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.

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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Title: The Doctors' Plague: Germs, Childbed Fever, ...
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: 2004
Binding: Paperback
Book Condition: New
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