Why the medical profession washed its hands of a visionary


You know those people who go to the pub bathroom, don’t wash their hands and then continue to dive into the peanut bowl? Well, imagine that person is a doctor and the patient is the peanuts.

Unthinkable, right? But until the late 19th century — before the advent of germ theory or hygiene in general — this was standard practice.

That is until Dr Ignaz Semmelweis (pictured) noticed something interesting. 

A Hungarian obstetrician at Vienna General Hospital in the 1840s, Dr Semmelweis found that women who gave birth with the help of