Ignaz Semmelweis proved hand washing was a good thing. But he paid the ultimate price trying to prove it. This month’s contribution to the Blog of Funny Names.
Welcome back Funny Names Fans. My favorite aunt once asked me to write a post about Ignatz Ratzkowaski. Only I can’t find him anywhere. But it did lead me to someone with an equally wonderful name.
Dr. Ignaz Phillipp Semmelweis entered the world on July 1, 1818 in Pest, Hungary, now part of Budapest. A Hungarian of German descent. He is now recognized as an early pioneer of antiseptic procedures, but he wasn’t always.
After finishing medical school he was given a position with the First and Second Obstetrical Clinics of the Vienna General Hospital. Today’s equivalent would be chief resident.
In the early 1800’s European medical institutions began addressing the problems of infanticide of illegitimate children. At the time illegitimate children could…
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