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
196 – Semmelweis Day
Today we celebrate 196 years since Dr. Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis, savior of mothers was born.
March 20, 1847 was the first official day that Semmelweis assumed his position as assistant physician in the maternity clinic in Vienna, Austria. Continue reading