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The Tragedy of Childbed Fever

Irvine Loudon

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198204992
eISBN:
9780191676444
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204992.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Childbed fever was by the far the most common cause of deaths associated with childbirth up to the Second World War throughout Britain and Europe. Otherwise known as puerperal fever, it was an ... More


Puerperal Fever

Irvine Loudon

in Death in Childbirth: An International Study of Maternal Care and Maternal Mortality 1800-1950

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198229971
eISBN:
9780191678950
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229971.003.0005
Subject:
History, World Modern History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter discusses puerperal fever, one of the main causes of maternal mortality in history. This illness results from infection of the uterus during or after delivery. It was first discovered by ... More


Epidemic Puerperal Fever in Towns

Irvine Loudon

in The Tragedy of Childbed Fever

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198204992
eISBN:
9780191676444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204992.003.0004
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter examines the puerperal fever epidemic in English towns during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Town epidemics seem to have escaped the attention of historians. They were terrible ... More


An Introduction to Puerperal Fever

Irvine Loudon

in The Tragedy of Childbed Fever

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198204992
eISBN:
9780191676444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204992.003.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter discusses the coverage of this book, which is about puerperal or childhood fever that was prevalent in England during the 18th and 19th centuries. This book provides case histories and ... More


Puerperal Fever in the Eighteenth Century

Irvine Loudon

in The Tragedy of Childbed Fever

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198204992
eISBN:
9780191676444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204992.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter examines the earliest ideas about puerperal fever in England during the 18th century. Puerperal fever came into existence in terms of being named and recognized only between the late ... More


Puerperal Fever: Causes and Contagion

Irvine Loudon

in The Tragedy of Childbed Fever

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198204992
eISBN:
9780191676444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204992.003.0006
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter examines the changing views of mid-century authorities in England on the nature and causes of puerperal fever. During this period, there was a constant change in ideas on the nature, ... More


Puerperal Fever in the Early Twentieth Century

Irvine Loudon

in The Tragedy of Childbed Fever

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198204992
eISBN:
9780191676444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204992.003.0010
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter discusses the reduction in puerperal fever mortality in Great Britain during the 20th century. The improvement in the prevention and treatment of the disease is attributed to the ... More


Puerperal Fever and the Lying-in Hospitals

Irvine Loudon

in The Tragedy of Childbed Fever

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198204992
eISBN:
9780191676444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204992.003.0005
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter examines puerperal fever epidemics in lying-in hospitals in England during the 18th century. Though lying-in hospitals were intended to bring skill and comfort to the poor in childbirth, ... More


Gordon of Aberdeen

Irvine Loudon

in The Tragedy of Childbed Fever

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198204992
eISBN:
9780191676444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204992.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter discusses physician Alexander Gordon of Aberdeen's publication of an account of epidemic of puerperal fever in 1795. His treatise provided the first clear and irrefutable evidence that ... More


European Lying-in Hospitals and Obstetricians

Irvine Loudon

in Death in Childbirth: An International Study of Maternal Care and Maternal Mortality 1800-1950

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198229971
eISBN:
9780191678950
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229971.003.0026
Subject:
History, World Modern History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter examines the lying-in or maternity hospitals and the obstetricians in Europe. Though there was more childbirth in lying-in hospitals in Europe compared to Great Britain and the U.S., ... More


Maternal Care and Maternal Mortality in Britain, 1935–1950

Irvine Loudon

in Death in Childbirth: An International Study of Maternal Care and Maternal Mortality 1800-1950

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198229971
eISBN:
9780191678950
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229971.003.0016
Subject:
History, World Modern History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter examines maternal care and maternal mortality in Great Britain during the period from 1935 to 1950. During this period, the maternal mortality rate fell so steeply that the 1950 rate was ... More


Virtues in Scientific Practice*

Dana Tulodziecki

in Science, Technology, and Virtues: Contemporary Perspectives

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
August 2021
ISBN:
9780190081713
eISBN:
9780190081744
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190081713.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter relocates the debate about the theoretical virtues to the empirical level and argues that the question of whether the virtues (and what virtues, if any) have epistemic import is best ... More


Introduction

Irvine Loudon

in Death in Childbirth: An International Study of Maternal Care and Maternal Mortality 1800-1950

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198229971
eISBN:
9780191678950
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229971.003.0001
Subject:
History, World Modern History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the history, trends, and causes of maternal mortality. This book analyses the various systems of maternal care in ... More


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