The doctor who championed hand-washing and briefly saved lives

This is the story of a man whose ideas could have saved a lot of lives and spared countless numbers of women and newborns’ feverish and agonizing deaths. You’ll notice I said “could have.” The year was 1846, and our would-be hero was a Hungarian doctor named Ignaz Semmelweis. Semmelweis was a man of his time, according to Justin Lessler, an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Continue reading

The ideal biocide

In the last twenty or more years chlorine dioxide (ClO2) emerged as a new and popular inorganic disinfectant. It is often referred to as „the ideal biocide” because of its advantageous properties. In spite of that, as far as we know, ClO2 solutions are not frequently used as antiseptic. Continue reading