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December 23, 1950

Immortal Magyar: Semmelweis, Conqueror of Childbed Fever

JAMA. 1950;144(17):1532. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920170112059

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This excellent story of the life of Semmelweis appears shortly after another well written dramatization of one of the world's greatest benefactors ("The Cry and the Covenant"). The author of this book presents the tragic life of Semmelweis in a most interesting fashion. His data are factual, and he quotes fairly extensively from Semmelweis' own book, "Die Aetiologie, der Begriff and die Prophylaxis des Kindbettfieber." Slaughter is to be commended for having again brought to everyone's attention what a true scientist Semmelweis was and how his life ended in a great tragedy as a martyr to the world's stupidity. This book is definitely worth reading, even though its subject matter constantly upsets the reader because of "man's inhumanity to man."

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