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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"This study has important clinical implications for women with refractory puerperal fever," said Dr.
After months of doing research, poring over every minute detail that separated his clinic from that of the midwives', the answer finally revealed itself during the autopsy of his friend, Jakob Kolletschka, who had been accidentally stabbed with a scalpel by a medical student during a procedure and whose autopsy revealed that he'd died from a disease that was similar to puerperal fever.
The diseases treated included respiratory tract disorders, skin disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, vomiting tendency, eye problems, cat or dog bite, pain, puerperal fever, tongue lesions, fever, bone fracture, leucorrhea, sexual disorders, burning sensations in hands or feet, jaundice, ear infections, piles, and chicken pox.
To us, the reticence is just a little too reminiscent of those that balked at the insistence by Ignaz Semmelweis that physicians practice hand-washing in obstetrical wards to limit puerperal fever over a century and a half ago.[sup.3]
After giving birth to her fifth child, Muhammad Akbar, Dilras possibly suffered from puerperal fever, due to complications caused by the delivery and died a month after the birth of her son.
During this time in history, puerperal fever (post partum [PP] infection) or "childbed fever" boasted a death rate as high as 16% to 35%.
Seven plants each were used for treatment of puerperal fever or liver dysfunctions, like jaundice.
In the era before germ theory, Semmelweis intuited that the unwashed hands of physicians were spreading puerperal fever in Vienna.
Writings include "A Private Pestilence: Holmes and Puerperal Fever", "Doctor Holmes: The Life in Conversion", and "Oliver Wendell Holmes's Depth Psychology: A Reconstruction", as well as an amazingly broad selection of quotable excerpts by Holmes himself.
For six women with puerperal fever, the use of oral or injectable antibiotics meant that only two had to be referred.