childbed fever

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Synonyms for childbed fever

serious form of septicemia contracted by a woman during childbirth or abortion (usually attributable to unsanitary conditions)

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99) is inspired by Alexander Gordon, an 18th century doctor in Aberdeen, when the city was in the grip of puerperal fever, or childbed fever.
11) The cause of this condition was unknown and as the germ theory of disease had yet to be discovered, the prevailing belief was that childbed fever and other epidemics were due to miasma, "a bad quality to the air.
Semmelweiss discovered the basis of childbed fever after observing physicians in his hospital coming from the autopsy room and treating obstetrical patients without washing their hands.
Nuland, MD, the author of How We Die and Lost in America, among other books, has now written The Doctors' Plague, a story of Ignac Semmelweis (1818-1865) and his discovery of the cause of childbed fever (19).