The death of a mother in childbirth leaving a newborn deserted is a sort of a desecration. This was a frequent event for early physicians. It was felt to be caused by miasmas or punishment from the gods. DaVinci felt the cause was milk stasis, Hippocrates - lochia, Virchow - weather. Then came Semmelweis, Pasteur and Lister. They started a battle with ignorance, hospital administration, budget and academic politics. Ending with the murder of Semmelweis!
Recommended CitationCitation Information:Hammill, Hunter A., "Puerperal Fever from Hippocrates to Pasteur" (2012).
DigitalCommons@TMC, John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center, Houston History of Medicine Lectures. Paper 9.