Once upon a time in Vienna, pregnant women begged on thier knees not to have their babies delivered by doctors. They would rather have their babies in the street than the hospital – since there was a good chance they wouldn’t leave the hospital alive. One man figured out why.
Unfortunately, no one listened, and it all came at the cost of hundreds of lives. Today we have the story of Ignaz Semmelweis.
Show notes and links:
- Ivor Tymchak tells the story of Ignaz Semmelweis (youtube.com)
- Ignaz Semmelweiss – YouTube (youtube.com)
- Ignaz Semmelweis – Wikipedia (wikipedia.org)
- The Doctor Who Championed Hand-Washing And Briefly Saved Lives : Shots (npr.org)
- Puerperal Fever (mcgill.ca)
- Genius Belabored: Childbed Fever and the Tragic Life of Ignaz Semmelweis by Theodore G. Obenchain | NOOK Book (eBook) (barnesandnoble.com)
- Moments of Truth: Four Creators of Modern Medicine (amazon.com)