The Doctors' Plague
Germs, Childbed Fever and the Strange Story of Ignac Semmelweis
By (author) Sherwin B. Nuland
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Doctors' Plague by Sherwin B. Nuland
Book DescriptionSurgeon, 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 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780393326253
(203mm x 137mm x 15mm)
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 3-Dec-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Sherwin B. Nuland
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Seventy vital essays about the practice, philosophy and culture of medicine by the revered former Dean of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and editor of Connecticut Medicine
Medicine at Yale, Hardback (January 2011)
Founded in 1810, the Yale School of Medicine was among the nation's first medical schools. Highlighting key events and participants and setting the development of the institution in the context of changes in American culture, this title portrays the evolution of medicine in America through the lens of the eventful history of the school.
Doctors, Hardback (October 2008)
Tells the story of the development of modern medicine through compelling studies of great medical innovators and pioneers.
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Author Biography - Sherwin B. Nuland
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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