TIL about Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis

TIL about Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis

Years ago there was this Medical Doctor, Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis. He invented the concept of handwashing after observing that childhood wards run by Doctors had 3 times the mortality of those run by Midwives.

He found that simple antiseptic behaviour (hand washing) reduced mortality to below 1%.

Because this conflicted with the luddite's of the day (who felt that hand washing was beneath them) he was locked up in an asylum and beaten, where he died.

A few years later Lous Pasteur came along and confirmed the existence of germs. A bit late for poor Iggy.

But not too late for you. So wash your hands and ignore the anti-maskers, leave them for Darwin, another contemporary of these folks.

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