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Subject: FW: "Puerperal Fever"?
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 10:16:20 -0000
I'm not a medic but I work in a library which teaches medical subjects and -
yes - you're quite correct. Puerperal fever was often contracted by a
newly-delivered mother, particularly where the delivery was in a hospital -
these places were hotbeds of infection. At the risk of being pedantic and an
old bore, "puer" is the Latin for "boy", with puerperal taking its
derivation from infection through childbirth.
> From: Deborah Leeder[SMTP:]
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> Sent: Friday, January 18, 2002 10:04 AM
> Subject: "Puerperal Fever"?
> Hi Board
> Any clever medical people there?
> I just got Martha Twiddy's death certificate.
> It says she died of:
> Puerperal Fever
> 5 days
> Can anyone explain all these terms to me please?
> I know that three of her Children were registered as dead in the same
> quarter, so I thought it was an infectious disease or an accident.
> I think Puerperal fever is some sort of infection contracted after giving
> birth or having a miscarriage. Am I right?
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