The attempt to understand puerperal fever in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries: The influence of inflammation theory

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Abstract

Puerperal fever was a devastating disease. It affected women within the first three days after childbirth and progressed rapidly, causing acute symptoms of severe abdominal pain, fever and debility. Although it had been recognized from as early as the time of the Hippocratic corpus that women in childbed were prone to fevers, the distinct name, “puerperal fever” appears in the historical record only in the early eighteenth century.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-28
Number of pages28
JournalMedical History
Volume49
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005
Externally publishedYes

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