Alliance for Patient Safety

                            All that is necessary for the triumph of evil...
                                                                ... is for good men to do nothing.

                                                                                                   Edmund Burke

Retaliation Against Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis

  • In 1847, Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis pioneered the prevention of transmission of disease by washing hands (Prophylaxis), reducing the mortality rate due to Puerperal Fever from 12% to ZERO by enforcing the washing of hands with chlorinated lime. For his contribution to humanity, Dr. Semmelweis was committed to mental institution where he died from injuries that resulted from a beating by asylum personnel.

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