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About Ignaz Semmelweis
Ignaz Semmelweis earned the pseudonym “Saviour of mothers” following his breakthrough hand disinfection suggestion for doctors in obstetrical clinics.
While researching, he found out that the mortality rate of new mothers from puerperal fever fell significantly when doctors washed their hands with chlorinated lime solutions. The book, “Etiology, Concept and Prophylaxis of Childbed Fever” details his findings. He is regarded as an antiseptic procedure pioneer.
He was raised in Buda, Hungary, by his Hungarian mother, Teréz Müller and his father, József Semmelweis who was of German ancestry. He had nine siblings. He had five children with his wife, Maria Weidenhofer.
Research and Findings
He concluded that doctors who performed autopsies and checked on obstetric patients without disinfection were the cause of puerperal fevers. This was after observing the lower mortality rate in patients attended to by student midwives without contact with cadavers.
He died on 13 August 1865, fourteen days after he was forcefully committed to an asylum for his “ridiculous” handwashing suggestion.
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Ignaz Semmelweis' Popularity
Ignaz Semmelweis was a famous Hungarian physician, who was born on July 1, 1818. As a person born on this date, Ignaz Semmelweis is listed in our database as the 116th most popular celebrity for the day (July 1) and the 12th most popular for the year (1818).
People born on July 1 fall under the Zodiac sign of Cancer, the Crab. Ignaz Semmelweis is the 3434th most popular Cancer.
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