Ignaz Semmelweis

Ignaz Semmelweis The man who invented hand washing:

Washing hands is taken for granted for many people. However, it was not for a long time. Ignaz Semmelweis first raised the awareness of many people why it is important to take care of their hygiene.

Washing hands is part of our everyday life. It's like switching gears when driving: we do it without thinking about it.

Since the massive spread of the novel coronavirus, many people have paid additional attention to personal hygiene.

Ignaz Semmelweis was one of the main contributors to the fact that we wash our hands thoroughly. The Hungarian is considered the "father of infection control" in medical circles.

In 1847 he pointed out to his colleagues in the maternity clinic of a Viennese hospital that you always have to disinfect your hands to reduce the likelihood of transmitting diseases.

Ignaz Semmelweis explained to doctors how they can get rid of bacteria and germs.

Doctors described his thesis as 'speculative nonsense'

In the mid-19th century, so-called childbed fever was widespread in many clinics. A disease that was particularly life-threatening for young mothers.

The Hungarian attributed the spread to poor hygiene among staff. Many doctors operated on women with dirty hands, which resulted in a large number of patients becoming infected.

After Ignaz Semmelweis' colleagues followed the new hygiene regulations, the infection rate dropped. Medical success.

But instead of thanking the doctor, his theories were initially referred to by many doctors as "speculative nonsense".

Only decades after his death - Ignaz Semmelweis died at the age of 47 in Vienna under unsettled circumstances - was his thesis confirmed by the "germ theory of the disease".

The Hungarian is now also honoured by Google for the establishment of hygiene in hospitals.

The doctor can be seen there is a chic suit - the user also receives instructions in a video on what to watch out for when washing hands.


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