The control chart (3) he published on puerperal fever
in Vienna in the 1840s is spectacular.
Ida John died aged just thirty of puerperal fever
following the birth of her fifth son, but in these vivid, funny and sometimes devastatingly sad letters she is startlingly alive on the page; a young woman ahead of her time (almost of our own time) living a complex and compelling drama here revealed for the first time by the woman at its very heart.
Dr Cheatle also argues that hospital was not necessarily the safest place to be: puerperal fever
was rife in the wards and it wasnt until sometime later that people began to realise the link between spreading infections and washing hands.
Licensure was associated with an almost seven percent reduction in maternal mortality caused by puerperal fever
, the leading cause of maternal mortality at the time, suggesting that midwifery training in antiseptic techniques and other medical practices improved care.
M Shah et al  in their study, maternal complications included chorioamnionitis (4%), puerperal fever
(22%), abruption placenta (2%), and wound infection (Both abdominal and episiotomy) in 14% cases.
Ignaz Semmelweis of Budapest and the prevention of puerperal fever
The hospital acquired infection testing market report estimates the market size (Revenue USD million - 2013 to 2020) for market segmentation based on disease test (blood stream associated infection, MRSA infection, Hospital-acquired pneumonia, surgical associated infection, UTI, Gastroenteritis, puerperal fever
For example, when the mid-19th century Hungarian physician Ignaz Semmelweis showed that proper hand disinfection correlated with a dramatic decrease in the occurrence of puerperal fever
, his suggestion was dismissed because he had no proof of his causal explanation.
While working as an assistant professor at the Vienna General Hospital in Austria, Semmelweis noticed that women were dying at an alarmingly high rate at his clinic: up to 35% of women giving birth died of puerperal fever
, an infectious pelvic disease, mostly caused by endometritis, leading to bacteremia, septicemia, and death.
But there were complications after the birth of Austen in 1863 and Harriet died of 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.