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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 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 Details

ISBN: 9780393326253
ISBN-10: 039332625X
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 137mm x 15mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 3-Dec-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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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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