The Semmelweis Syndrome… How washing your hands became a thing…


semmelweis_custom-8b5f0f746bf92d785b4a789a8c94c8e986a62dd6-s400-c85Dr. Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis was a physician.  A gynecologist by trade and was fired as a doctor and had his license taken away for malpractice.  This was, of all things for washing his hands… In the 1840’s-70’s doctors were mostly interested in surgeries, sound familiar to now???  They did not, as a practice wash their hands, but wiped their hands on a dirty towel or their apron or coat.  Imagine, this is the time of many great wars and surgeons were responsible for most of the care of the wounded.  That care consisted of amputation.  A good saw, a couple assistants to hold the poor fellow down while you go at it.  Then cauterised the wound, cover it in hot wax to seal it and hope for the best.  No wonder so many in the American Civil war died of infection.

This doctor, Semmelweis was trying to improve the survive-ability of his…

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