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Author Loudon, Irvine

Title The tragedy of childbed fever / Irvine Loudon
Published Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2000


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Contents Intro; Preface; Contents; List of Figures; List of Tables; An Introduction to Puerperal Fever; Case Histories of Puerperal Fever; The Clinical Features of Puerperal Fever; The Pathology of Puerperal Fever; Nomenclature and the Synonyms for Puerperal Fever; Measuring Mortality due to Puerperal Fever; The Bacteriology of Puerperal Fever; The Link between Puerperal Fever and Erysipelas; Overview; Puerperal Fever in the Eighteenth Century; The First Appearance of the Term ÔPuerperal FeverÕ; The Recognition of Puerperal Fever as a Separate Disease
Early Views on the Nature and Causes of Puerperal FeverCharles White and the Prevention of Puerperal Fever; The Treatment of Puerperal Fever; Gordon of Aberdeen; Gordon's Treatise; The Link with Erysipelas; Treatment; The Epidemic and the Treatise; The Reception of Gordon's Work; Epidemic Puerperal Fever in Towns; The Frequency of Town Epidemics; The Abingdon Epidemic; Other Epidemics; Epidemics Spread by Doctors and Midwives; Erysipelas and Puerperal Fever in the USA; Oliver Wendell Holmes and Puerperal Fever; Puerperal Fever and the Lying-in Hospitals
The Establishment of Lying-in (Maternity) HospitalsDeath in the Lying-in Hospitals; Descriptions of Hospital Epidemics; The Cause of Hospital Epidemics; Puerperal Fever: Causes and Contagion; Changing Definitions of Fevers; Contagionism, Anticontagionism, and Puerperal Fever; Contagions, Infections, and Miasmas; Explaining Epidemics of Puerperal Fever; ConÞguration, Contamination, and Predisposition; Clarity and Confusion; James Young Simpson and Puerperal Fever; Semmelweis; Semmelweis Arrives in Vienna; The Two Clinics; The Introduction of Antisepsis
Semmelweis's Concepts of the Etiology of Puerperal FeverThe Dissemination of Semmelweis's Doctrines; The Illness and Death of Semmelweis; The Influence of Semmelweis; Appendix. A Brief Chronology of the Life and Work of Ignaz Semmelweis; Monocausalists, Multicausalists, and Germ Theory; Monocausalists and Multicausalists; Mayrhofer and the Beginnings of Germ Theory in Relation to Puerperal Fever; The Views of Dr Barnes and Professor Leishman; The Meetings in Paris and London; Pasteur and Hervieux; Pasteur and Doleris; Should Lying-in Hospitals be Abolished?; Lister and Antisepsis
The Story of AntisepsisListerian Antisepsis in Surgical Practice; Listerian Antisepsis in Obstetrics; On Reputations, Statues, and Prizes: The Resurrection of Semmelweis; Puerperal Fever in the Early Twentieth Century; The Optimism Arising from Antisepsis; The Decline in Puerperal Fever between 1890 and 1912; Puerperal Fever and Midwives in North-West Europe; Puerperal Fever, Midwives, and General Practitioners; General Practice and Midwifery in the Early 1900s; Puerperal Fever, 1910-1935; Puerperal Fever: A Curable Disease; Immunotherapy and Chemotherapy; Paul Ehrlich and German Research
Summary Childbed fever was by far the most common cause of deaths associated with childbirth up to World War 2, throughout Europe. This is a detailed account of this tragic disease from its recognition in the 18th century
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Puerperal septicemia -- History
MEDICAL -- Gynecology & Obstetrics.
Puerperal septicemia
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780191676444