Louis-Ferdinand Céline – The Life and Work of Semmelweis

He would do anything to get his degree!

It is – or it is said to be – the graduation thesis in medicine of the author, a so-called maudit writer, devoted to anti-Semitism and a follower of the Nazi doctrine. It tells the story of Philip Semmelweis, a scientist whose theories, rejected during his life by the official medicine, turned out to be crucial after his death to eradicate puerperal fever, a serious infection that killed a large number of mothers after childbirth. Portrait of a misunderstood genius, this book is strongly unbalanced because of the exceedingly pompous style of a writer still very far from the masterpieces of his maturity.

Translation by the author edited by Chiara Canova and Robert Mardle