The Germ theory of disease

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  • Vienna general hospital had 3 delivery rooms one staffed by female midwives and the other by medical students.
  • Over 12% of women delivered by young doctors died of perpural fever. 3x as many from other delivery room.
  • Semmelweis realised med students disectigng dead bodies then moving straight onto delivering a baby without washing hands.
  • Thought med students may be carrying disease on hands from corpse to patient.
  • A colleauge cut himself and died of…


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