The tragedy of childbed fever even though this book opens with the chilling tale of mary wollstonecrafts death from childbed fever in 1797 the author a british medical historian and physician. Full text full text is available as a scanned copy of the original print version get a printable copy pdf file of the complete article 262k or click on a page image below to browse page by page. Childbed fever was by the far the most common cause of deaths associated with childbirth throughout europe up to the second world war otherwise known as puerperal fever it was an infection which followed childbirth and resulted in miserable and agonizing deaths for thousands of women every year. Abstract 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 infection which followed childbirth and caused thousands of miserable and agonising deaths every year. The dramatic opening story of the death of a patient soon after the birth of her second child though the retained placenta made this case unusual tells us what puerperal sepsis meant to her family and to the newborn baby left behind
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