puerperal fever

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puerperal fever

a serious, formerly widespread, form of blood poisoning caused by infection contracted during childbirth
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Etiology, concept, and prophylaxis of childbed fever.
Semmelweis correlated the soaring incidence of childbed fever with the introduction of autopsies into the hospital during the 1820s.
Doctors had many suspicions about the cause of the disease they called childbed fever.