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Il dottor Semmelweis (original 1952; edition 2011)

by Louis-Ferdinand Céline

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Title:Il dottor Semmelweis
Authors:Louis-Ferdinand Céline
Info:Adelphi (1975), Perfect Paperback
Collections:2012/2013 (inactive), Your library
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Tags:biografia, francia

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Semmelweis by Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1952)

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The story of Semmelweis's discovery of asepsis is thrilling, and lends itself well to the mould of a "medical mystery". Briefly, the young Hungarian doctor noticed the great difference in the rate of mortality in two neighbouring maternity clinics, one a teaching hospital, served mainly by medical students, the other one with a regular staff of midwives. Semmelweis connected the deaths in the first clinic to the students' frequent switching from dissecting corpses to delivering babies--all this done without the benefit of gloves or handwashing. Semmelweis's radical notion was simply to have the students wash their hands. Unfortunately, although he demonstrated sufficiently the connection between "corpse" hands and deaths, and even persuaded not a few higher-ups, his discovery was actively fought, denied, derided and neglected for decades. Semmelweis eventually died in a madhouse, broken and forgotten.

Céline--or, as he was known at the time, Louis Destouches--wrote up this story for his medical degree thesis, in a dreadful, bombastic style completely devoid of slightest scholarly equipment--such as citations, say. This book is quite unlike anything he wrote later, and quite unlike anything anyone today would dare offer for a degree in medicine (or even medical history). This in itself gives some interest to it, but not too much. ( )
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Ha indicato sin dal primo momento quali mezzi profilattici si devono adottare contro l'infezione puerperale, con una tale precisione che l'antisepsi moderna non ha avuto nulla da aggiungere alle regole che egli aveva prescritte. (WIDAL)
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Ecco la terribile storia di Ignazio Filippo Semmelweis.
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