Sherwin B Nulands The Plague Analysis

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This paper seeks to analyze the book Sherwin B Nulands the Doctors Plague based on its content, style as well as merit, nevertheless we are going to look at the description of the branches of science involved as well as the scientific methods found in the book. This book was authored by Sherwin B. Nuland and was originally published in the year 2003; this book entails a revealing narrative of very important occurrences in the history of medicine. This book focuses on Ignac Semmelweis and the non compliance notion that doctors should examine patients after washing their hands. The character found out that doctors were responsible for spreading Childbed fever, these simple actions took shape immediately but the medical establishment those days …show more content…
In this case the character Semmelweis made an analysis on obstetric procedures and alleged that childbed fever was as a result invisible transfer of “putrid cadaver particles “ that came from the hands of the student or attending physician. To prevent this spread, the character did a research in chemistry which is a physical science and recommended that the attendants were supposed to wash their hands with the chemical chloride before carrying out an examination on a woman in labor. This recommendation had a scientific touch and it went a long way to expose the causes of childbed fever and the horrific effects it had on the patient. As simple as it may look, the fever took away the life of one of every six women in the labor ward as at 1847. It was a common thing to find pus soaked sheets in the labor ward, while attendants were touching them and attending to patients, therefore an infection which could only be prevented through wash of hands with chemical chlorine. The life science deals with botany, zoology, nutrition, medicine and human biology. In this book there is the aspect of bacteria’s which are responsible for the condition childbed fever. These bacteria …show more content…
Unlike the doctors, the book describes him as an individual armed with a meticulously well preserved records and a mind for advances in anatomical science, he dreams of an idea that would prove that the doctors spread the disease by not washing their hands between the patients they attended (Nuland, 2003). A scientific method is made up of five systematic steps that complete the entire process. Semmelweis first identifies the problem and in this case the issue of concern is the causes of childbed fever that has become prevalent in labor ward in Vienna. After identifying the problem, the researcher goes to the collection of data on the problem, whereby this can be through interviews, questionnaires or observation. In this book the person carrying out the research chose to be an observer, whereby he observes several occurrences in the wards. He observes how the labor wards are filled with pus filled sheets, medical students shifting from cadaver operations to pelvic examinations without cleaning their hands. The person writes down everything they observe after which they can come up with a hypothesis, for example Semmelweis could have had two hypotheses namely (a) Medical students conducting Cadaver operations and without washing hands made Pelvic examinations on birthing mothers led to the transmission of the disease

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