Semmelweiss

Things were getting better following the invention of anesthetic. However, people were still dying. 

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WHo was Semmelweiss?
Hungarian doctor working in Vienna in 1840's.
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What was he worried about?
The high death rate of women from puerperal fever- an infection post child birth.
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WHat was commonly believed by doctors at this time?
It was believed that the spread of miasmas (bad air) caused the disease that was killing so many in hospital wards.
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What did Semmelweiss suggest in 1847
He suggested that it was the doctors who were spreading the disease. (Two wards)
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What steps did Semmelweiss take to stop the disease from spreading?
Ordered all doctors to wash hands (without permission of superior) in chloride of lime before examine patients.
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Did other doctors except method?
Despite deaths falling instnatly from 10% to 3%, he couldn't explain why and he was asked to leave in disgrace at end of contract.
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