Why the medical profession washed its hands of a visionary

MEDICAL HISTORY


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

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