Ignaz Semmelweis

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Birthday
1, 1818
Birthplace
Budapest, Hungary
Death Date
Aug 13, 1865 (47)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
1, 1818
Birthplace
Budapest, Hungary
Death Date
Aug 13, 1865 (47)

About

Pioneer in the use of antiseptics during childbirth to cut down the rate of infant and mother death.

Before Fame

He introduced the practice of hand washing and disinfection to doctors.

Trivia

His belief that microorganisms cause disease was largely ridiculed. When he refused to change his stance, he was committed to a mental asylum, where guards beat him to death 14 days later.

Family Life

His parents, Josef and Teresia Müller Semmelweis, ran a successful grocery business.

Associated With

He supported the germ theory and antiseptic techniques first introduced by Joseph Lister.