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Semmelweis, Ignaz Philipp.
DIE AETIOLOGIE, DER BEGRIFF UND DIE PROPHYLAXIS DES KINDBETTFIEBERS. PEST, VIENNA AND LEIPZIG: C.A. HARTLEBEN, 1861
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Semmelweis, Ignaz Philipp.
DIE AETIOLOGIE, DER BEGRIFF UND DIE PROPHYLAXIS DES KINDBETTFIEBERS. PEST, VIENNA AND LEIPZIG: C.A. HARTLEBEN, 1861
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Semmelweis, Ignaz Philipp.
DIE AETIOLOGIE, DER BEGRIFF UND DIE PROPHYLAXIS DES KINDBETTFIEBERS. PEST, VIENNA AND LEIPZIG: C.A. HARTLEBEN, 1861
8vo (212 x 133mm.), contemporary half calf, flat spine gilt, red and green morocco lettering-pieces, red edges, extremities rubbed
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Provenance

stamp of Hirschwald, booksellers in Berlin, on title-page; Karl Emil Thulin, stamp on flyleaf; Lolo Simon, bookplate

Literature

PMM 316 (b2); Garrison-Morton 6277; Norman 1726

Catalogue Note

first edition of Semmelweis's seminal work on the prevention of puerperal fever. In 1847 he was working in the Vienna General Hospital, when he noticed that there was a connection between contamination from cadavers and women in childbirth contracting puerperal fever. He instigated a regime of washing hands with a solution of chlorinated lime, much to the disgust of medical students and colleagues, but the result was that deaths from childbed fever fell from 12% to 2%. He then worked further towards sterilising the equipment used during childbirth which reduced the incidence of the fever still further.

Unfortunately he was less than enthusiastic in publishing his research. Despite a lecture on the subject in 1850, he only published his findings in 1861, by which time he had obtained the chair in midwifery at the University of Pest. He died not long after, in 1863, from an infection similar to the sepsis responsible for puerperal fever.

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