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November 1924

Charles White and The Arrest of Puerperal Fever.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1924;34(5):735. doi:10.1001/archinte.1924.00120050152013

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This work contains the inaugural Lloyd Roberts Lecture delivered by the author before the Manchester Royal Infirmary, and an exhaustive collation of the writings of Charles White on puerperal fever.

The lecture is a plea for just recognition of the work of Charles White and his English contemporaries in the prevention of puerperal fever, years before Semmelweis published his "Aetologie."

Indeed, Dr. Adami demonstrates that White's "Treatise on the Management of Pregnant and Lying-In Women," published in 1773, demanded practically all the prophylactic measures insisted on by Semmelweis eighty years later; and that in 1826-1833 Collins, master of the Rotunda, was able to reduce the hitherto appalling mortality from puerperal fever at that institution to a minimum by the use of chlorinated lime and general adherence to the recommendations of White.

Five editions of White's treatise were published during the twenty years succeeding its initial publication, translations appearing in both

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