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Semmelweis Ignaz Semmelweis was a physician on the obstetric ward pf a teaching hospital in Vienna. He noticed that the women giving birth in the wing where medical students were trained died from puerperal fever at a rate 20 times higher than the mortality rates of either women attended by midwives in an adjoining wing or women who gave birth at home. Semmelweis thought that his medical students carried “cadaver particles” from there autotsy studies into the delivery rooms. And he thought that was the cause of his patient dying. He then started to find more proof to his hypothesis when a doctor who sliced his finger during an autopsy died after showing symptoms similar to puerperal fever. Puerperal fever is a bacterium in the genus Streptococcus, it
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Unformatted text preview: is harmless on skin, but is deadly when entered in the blood. Semmelweis began requiring his medical students to wash their hands with chlorinated lime water. They used it on cadavers to eliminate the smell. Soon the mortality dropped from 18.3% to 1.3%. Semmelweis was ridiculed by the director of the hospital and was forced to leave. He returned to his hometown, Hungary, where is handwashing idea was really taking off and continued to produce a higher patient survival rate. Semmelweis was unsuccessful with in gaining support for his method from most European doctors. He became severely depressed and was committed to a mental hospital, where he died from in an infection of Streptococcus, the very organism he had fought for so long....
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