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Childbed Fever and the Spreading of Infection 23 Jan 2008
Tess Gerritsen on combating puerperal fever.

In the early 19th century a pregnant woman admitted to a hospital’s lying-in ward knew there was a good chance she might not survive the experience. In some hospitals a quarter of all new mothers died, in agony, of childbed fever. And it was the doctors themselves who spread the disease, rushing from patient to patient, or even from the autopsy room, without washing their hands. The crime writer Tess Gerritsen explores childbed fever in her latest book,The Bone Garden, and joins Jenni, and Prof Hilary Marland, Professor of History at Warwick University, to discuss the disease.

"The Bone Garden" is published by Bantam Press ISBN: 978-0-593-05777-3
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