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Semmelweis, Ignaz Philipp
'DIE ÄETIOLOGIE, DER BEGRIFF UND DIE PROPHYLAXIS DES KINDBETTFIEBERS.' PEST, VIENNA AND LEIPZIG: C. A. HARTLEBEN'S VERLAGS-EXPEDITION, 1861
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PROPERTY OF A WEST COAST COLLECTOR

Semmelweis, Ignaz Philipp
'DIE ÄETIOLOGIE, DER BEGRIFF UND DIE PROPHYLAXIS DES KINDBETTFIEBERS.' PEST, VIENNA AND LEIPZIG: C. A. HARTLEBEN'S VERLAGS-EXPEDITION, 1861
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Semmelweis, Ignaz Philipp
'DIE ÄETIOLOGIE, DER BEGRIFF UND DIE PROPHYLAXIS DES KINDBETTFIEBERS.' PEST, VIENNA AND LEIPZIG: C. A. HARTLEBEN'S VERLAGS-EXPEDITION, 1861
8vo (8 3/4 x 5 5/8 in.; 223 x 143 mm). Errata on 35.2v; evidence of library stamp removal to verso of title, with small resulting tear, which has been repaired. Contemporary purple cloth, spine gilt-lettered, marbled endpapers, contrasting marbled edges; spine a trifle faded. Half maroon morocco folding-case; extremities rubbed. 
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Garrison-Morton 6277; Grolier/Medicine 72a; 'Heirs of Hippocrates' 1851; Norman 1926; 'Printing and the Mind of Man' 316(b2); Simmons, 'Doctors and Discoveries: Lives that Created Today's Medicine' (2002), pp. 165-168; Waller 8830

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A fine copy of the rare first edition of "one of the epoch-making books in medical literature" (Garrison-Morton). In the late 1840s, while serving as assistant professor in the maternity department of Vienna General Hospital, Semmelweis had demonstrated that puerperal, or childbed, fever was a septicemia and strove to improve hygienic conditions in the city’s obstetrics wards. Completely unaware of the contributions of Oliver Wendell Holmes in this same field, Semmelweis prescribed the washing of the doctor’s hands in a calcium chloride solution before attending a childbirth. The result was that infant mortality was reduced by five-sixths.

Nevertheless, Semmelweis faced enormous opposition and even ridicule from colleagues and when his hospital position was not renewed, he was forced to move from Vienna to Budapest in 1850. In 1855 he was appointed to a chair of midwifery at the University of Pest, where he continued his crusade. Finally in 1861, he published his findings, at the same time issuing a series of polemical pamphlets describing his opponents as “murderers.” The personal animosity between Semmelweis and the Viennese medical establishment contributed to the delay in implementing his recommendations. His lack of talent as a writer also impeded the understanding and acceptance of his theories. His biographer, Sir. W. J. Sinclair, remarked that “if he could have written like Oliver Wendell Holmes, his ‘Äetiology’ would have conquered Europe in twelve months.”

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