The Etiology, the Concept and the Prophylaxis of Childbed Fever; translated by Frank P. Murphy; Edited with Commentary and Translation of the Semmelweis "Open Letters" by Sherwin B. Nuland and Ferenc A. Gyorgyey.
by SEMMELWEIS, Ignaz Philipp (Ignác Fulop) (1818-1865).
Birmingham:: Classics of Medicine Library, 1981., 1981. 8vo. xlii, , -893,  pp. Gilt decorated black leather, raised bands, all edges gilt. Fine. "One of the epoch-making books in medical literature. Semmelweis, who earlier had shown puerperal fever to be a septicemia, strove to improve conditions in the lying-in wards of Vienna and Budapest. Misunderstood and maligned by many, he eventually published this book in support of his views on the etiology of puerperal sepsis. He had no literary style and his book is difficult reading; it had an overwhelming mass of badly-presented statistics. Sir W. J. Sinclair, his biographer, said of him that "if he could have written like Oliver Wendell Holmes, his 'Aetiology' would have conquered Europe in 12 months." — Garrison and Morton 6277.
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