One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Fever caused by uterine infection following childbirth.
- ‘Most of these deaths resulted from puerperal fever, a bacterial infection of the uterus.’
- ‘Mary, the third daughter in a family that eventually numbered fifteen children, was a vulnerable six years old when her mother died of puerperal fever - what this generation called the childbirth fevers.’
- ‘I was barely a week old when she passed, you know; puerperal fever, I think it was - blood poisoning.’
- ‘The boy lived, but his mother contracted puerperal fever, and died six days later in delirium.’
- ‘Washing hands with chlorinated water was not high tech in the nineteenth century, but it was effective in reducing sepsis and puerperal fever.’
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