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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"Puerperal sepsis, more commonly called childbed fever, causes a lot of deaths on a global basis in women who are in the process of giving birth or soon after birth," James M.
Although he thought she had been poisoned by Elizabeth - more likely that she actually died of childbed fever - he became obsessed with the Queen's so-called 'curse', bringing in a sorcerer to rid his family of her tricks.
During this time in history, puerperal fever (post partum [PP] infection) or "childbed fever" boasted a death rate as high as 16% to 35%.
Almost two hundred years ago Ignaz Semmelweis, the Hungarian physician realised that 'childbed fever' could be drastically reduced if care-givers washed their hands appropriately.
One of the doctors profiled in Doctors serves as the jumping-off point for The Doctors' Plague: Germs, Childbed Fever, and the Strange Story of Ignac Semmelweis (2003).