Nov 08, 2012 at 12:20AM EST
But wait, we’re doctors--gentlemen. How can our hands be unclean? Never mind the fact that the women we take care of are dying, it just doesn’t add up. That’s just not how it works at all (this was before germ theory so people were like doi). And of course, Semmelweis, being the crazy Austrian guy he was (there seem to be quite a few of them) started publicly attacking all his detractors and calling them idiots and unfit to practice, which naturally only made it worse, seeing as he had no scientific proof to back his claims up. Other than people were dying less. That’s not the important thing at all.
He ended up being confined to a asylum by his own relatives and then was beaten to death by guards, having contracted (here’s the funny part) septicemia.
So yeah, us medical people have always been pretty sketchy. Watch out.
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