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Hospital Infection: From Miasmas to MRSA

Hospital Infection: From Miasmas to MRSA

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  • Date Published: July 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521531788

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  • The continuing battle to control hospital infections has ranged from the earliest days of hospital care when bad air or miasma was thought to be the cause, to the present day emergence of antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" such as MRSA and necrotizing fasciitis. This social history of hospital care surveys the rise, fall and re-emergence of new nosocomial infections and documents the development of medical microbiology and infection control.

    • A fascinating study of the history of hospital infections right through to the present day and contemporary concerns about superbugs such as MRSA and necrotizing fasciitis
    • Illuminated with accounts of key personalities including Joseph Lister, Florence Nightingale, Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch
    • Encompasses a history of hospital care and the emergence of medical microbiology and hospital infection control
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    • Runner-up - Royal Society of Medicine, Medical Book Awards

    Reviews & endorsements

    "The authors write well and is an excellent, enlightening book..." Jan V. Hirschmann MD, Respiratory Care

    "...a thorough and comprehensive review of the historic relationship between hospitals and infections. excellent addtion to the topic and one that should be recommended reading for anyone interested in the problem." Nursing History Review

    " excellent, well-organized history of the subject as well as a thorough overview of current and future challenges. Highly recommended for academic and medical libraries." E-STREAMS

    "This is valuable reading for anyone who wants to know more about the current state of things and how we got here..." Health Service Journal

    "History and social policy discussions are skillfully combined." Canadian Nurse

    "Graham Ayliffe and Mary English offer a fascinating account of how the relation between hospitals and infection has altered through the centuries..." Lancet

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521531788
    • length: 292 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 173 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • contains: 29 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword by Bill Newsom
    1. Theories of infection: magic to miasmas
    2. Middle Ages to seventeenth century: hospitals and infection
    3. The eighteenth century: hospitals and infection
    4. The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries: typhus in military and civilian hospitals
    5. The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries: lying-in hospitals and puerperal infection
    6. The nineteenth century before Lister: military hospitals and wound infection, civilian hospitals and 'hospitalism'
    7. Theories of infection: miasmas to microbes
    8. Antisepsis to asepsis
    9. The twentieth century: hospital design and miscellaneous infections
    10. The twentieth century: emergence of antimicrobial chemotherapy and the demise of the haemolytic streptococcus
    11. Sterilization, the development of sterile services and disinfections
    12. The mid-twentieth century: the emergence of antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus
    13. The mid-twentieth century: gram-negative infections
    14. The control of staphylococcal and gram-negative infections
    15. Surveillance of infections and organisation of infection control
    16. New and re-emerging infections
    17. The past, present and future

  • Authors

    Graham A. J. Ayliffe, University of Birmingham

    Mary P. English, United Bristol Hospitals Trust


    • Runner-up - Royal Society of Medicine, Medical Book Awards

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