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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Although the prevailing theory at the time was that each case of puerperal fever was caused by different and unrelated illness, Semmelweis believed that there was only one cause and that by practicing proper hygiene many of these deaths could be prevented.
A decoction of four plants, namely Alstonia scholaris, Aegle marmelos, Moringa oleifera, and Azadirachta indica was used for treatment of puerperal fever, pain or jaundice.
However, there were a few exceptions to this general pattern--families appeared reluctant to travel to hospital for a twin delivery (compliance 8 out of 21, 38%), while they appeared to be more willing to do so for retained placenta (11 out of 13, 85%) and puerperal fever (2 of 2, 100%).
Semmelweis correlated increases in autopsies performed at hospitals with greater incidences of lethal puerperal fever.
Loudon's avowed purpose is to survey the approximately two hundred years during which puerperal fever was widespread in Western Europe.
After the death of Jane Seymour from puerperal fever when she gave birth of the future Edward VI in 1537, Henry desired to marry for a fourth time so that he could further secure the Tudor succession by having a second son.
It was not until the observations of Oliver Wendell Holmes and Ignaz Semmelweis that puerperal fever was thought to be a communicable disease transmitted from health-care workers to patients.