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Covid-19: Google Celebrates Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis With A New Doodle. by MicroSweet(m): 5:17am On Mar 20
A new Google doodle celebrates Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis, (1 July 1818 – 13 August 1865), a Hungarian physician and scientist, now known as an early pioneer of antiseptic procedures. Described as the "saviour of mothers", Semmelweis discovered that the incidence of puerperal fever (also known as "childbed fever") could be drastically cut by the use of hand disinfection in obstetrical clinics.

Puerperal fever was common in mid-19th-century hospitals and often fatal. Semmelweis proposed the practice of washing hands with chlorinated lime solutions in 1847 while working in Vienna General Hospital's First Obstetrical Clinic, where doctors' wards had three times the mortality of midwives' wards.

He published a book of his findings in Etiology, Concept and Prophylaxis of Childbed Fever. Despite various publications of results where hand washing reduced mortality to below 1%, Semmelweis's observations conflicted with the established scientific and medical opinions of the time and his ideas were rejected by the medical community.

Semmelweis could offer no acceptable scientific explanation for his findings, and some doctors were offended at the suggestion that they should wash their hands and mocked him for it. In 1865, the increasingly outspoken Semmelweis supposedly suffered a nervous breakdown and was treacherously committed to an asylum by his colleague.

He died a mere 14 days later, at the age of 47, after being beaten by the guards, from a gangrenous wound on his right hand which might have been caused by the beating.

Semmelweis's practice earned widespread acceptance only years after his death, when Louis Pasteur confirmed the germ theory, and Joseph Lister, acting on the French microbiologist's research, practised and operated using hygienic methods, with great success.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic, the WHO and CDC have been advocating regular handwashing to check the further spread of the virus.


《Culled from Wikipedia.》

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Re: Covid-19: Google Celebrates Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis With A New Doodle. by alonzoiv(m): 5:30am On Mar 20
Nice one. Regular hand washing is always advised, as millions of germs can be hosted by the two palms.
Re: Covid-19: Google Celebrates Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis With A New Doodle. by Lawgod247: 6:12am On Mar 20
Ok
Re: Covid-19: Google Celebrates Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis With A New Doodle. by jeffizy(m): 6:14am On Mar 20
Hand washing is a big decider in prevention of many diseases.

Keep hands clean always.
Re: Covid-19: Google Celebrates Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis With A New Doodle. by Omnivalent(m): 6:24am On Mar 20
this guy's case reminds me of gregor mendel...
his co scientists bashed him for his findings, they mocked and disregarded his work...
not until after many years that the relevance of his work was discovered.
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may God help us all.
Re: Covid-19: Google Celebrates Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis With A New Doodle. by DateMynd44(m): 8:18am On Mar 20
MicroSweet:
A new Google doodle celebrates Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis, (1 July 1818 – 13 August 1865), a Hungarian physician and scientist, now known as an early pioneer of antiseptic procedures. Described as the "saviour of mothers", Semmelweis discovered that the incidence of puerperal fever (also known as "childbed fever"wink could be drastically cut by the use of hand disinfection in obstetrical clinics.

Puerperal fever was common in mid-19th-century hospitals and often fatal. Semmelweis proposed the practice of washing hands with chlorinated lime solutions in 1847 while working in Vienna General Hospital's First Obstetrical Clinic, where doctors' wards had three times the mortality of midwives' wards.

He published a book of his findings in Etiology, Concept and Prophylaxis of Childbed Fever. Despite various publications of results where hand washing reduced mortality to below 1%, Semmelweis's observations conflicted with the established scientific and medical opinions of the time and his ideas were rejected by the medical community.

Semmelweis could offer no acceptable scientific explanation for his findings, and some doctors were offended at the suggestion that they should wash their hands and mocked him for it. In 1865, the increasingly outspoken Semmelweis supposedly suffered a nervous breakdown and was treacherously committed to an asylum by his colleague.

He died a mere 14 days later, at the age of 47, after being beaten by the guards, from a gangrenous wound on his right hand which might have been caused by the beating.

Semmelweis's practice earned widespread acceptance only years after his death, when Louis Pasteur confirmed the germ theory, and Joseph Lister, acting on the French microbiologist's research, practised and operated using hygienic methods, with great success.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic, the WHO and CDC have been advocating regular handwashing to check the further spread of the virus.


《Culled from Wikipedia.》
wow it's so true.
I've just confirmed it
Re: Covid-19: Google Celebrates Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis With A New Doodle. by MicroSweet(m): 8:57am On Mar 20
Omnivalent:
this guy's case reminds me of gregor mendel...
his co scientists bashed him for his findings, they mocked and disregarded his work...
not until after many years that the relevance of his work was discovered.
.
.
may God help us all.

You are right! You must be a lover of biology.
Re: Covid-19: Google Celebrates Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis With A New Doodle. by MicroSweet(m): 7:00pm On Mar 20
This is a frontpage material.

@ lalasticlala

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