childbed fever


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childbed fever

puer′peral fe′ver


n.
a bacterial infection of the endometrium occurring in women after childbirth or abortion, usu. as the result of unsterile obstetric practices.
[1760–70]
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Noun1.childbed fever - serious form of septicemia contracted by a woman during childbirth or abortion (usually attributable to unsanitary conditions); formerly widespread but now uncommon
blood poisoning, septicaemia, septicemia - invasion of the bloodstream by virulent microorganisms from a focus of infection
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1) In the late 1840s, Semmelweis discovered that simple handwashing drastically reduced the incidence of childbed fever in maternity clinics.
He was horrified when he went to work for a maternity hospital in Vienna, Austria, to find out that one mother in ten was dying of childbed fever there.
Cuando finalmente en 1861 publica The Etiology, Concept, and Prophilaxis of Childbed Fever, sus ideas ya se habian distorsionado, se tenia una vision erronea acerca de su trabajo, y pocos se molestaron en leer la exposicion completa de la teoria (9).
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.