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

 
 
 
 
The Doctors' Plague: Germs, Childbed Fever, and the Strange Story of Ignac Semmelweis (Great Discoveries)
Author: Sherwin B. Nuland
ISBN 13: 9780393326253
ISBN 10: 39332625
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: 2004-11-17
Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
List Price: $15.95
 
 

"Riveting" (Houston Chronicle), "captivating" (Discover), and "compulsively readable" (San Francisco Chronicle).

The New York Times

Like Semmelweis himself, Nuland's book is short, intense and single-minded, and these larger themes and implications are left teeming underneath the text, for readers to peer in closely and uncover. ''To receive his due of honor,'' Nuland writes, Semmelweis ''had to be rediscovered.'' The Doctors' Plague succeeds for exactly that reason: in telling the story of childbed fever, Nuland has managed to rediscover a critical moment in the history of medicine, the anxieties of which, although somewhat attenuated, persist today. — Siddhartha Mukherjee