Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis

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An engraved portrait of Semmelweis: a mustachioed, balding man in formal attire, pictured from the chest up.

Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis, aged 42 in 1860
copperplate engraving by Jenő Doby
Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis[Note 1] (born Semmelweis Ignác Fülöp; 1 July 1818 – 13 August 1865) was a Hungarian physician of German extraction[2][3] now known as an early pioneer of antiseptic procedures. Described as the “savior of mothers”, Semmelweis discovered that the incidence of puerperal fever (also known as “childbed fever”) could be drastically cut by the use of hand disinfection in obstetrical clinics.
Born Semmelweis Ignác Fülöp
July 1, 1818
Buda, Hungary
Died August 13, 1865 (aged 47)
Vienna, Austrian Empire (nowAustria)
Residence Hungary
Citizenship Kingdom of Hungary
Nationality Hungarian
Fields Obstetrics, surgeries
Alma mater Universities of Vienna and Pest
Known for Introducing hand disinfection standards, in obstetrical clinics, from 1847
Spouse Maria Weidenhoffer (1837-1910), married in 1857[1]

Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis[Note 1] (born Semmelweis Ignác Fülöp; 1 July 1818 – 13 August 1865) was a Hungarian physician of German extraction[2][3] now known as an early pioneer of antiseptic procedures. Described as the “savior of mothers”, Semmelweis discovered that the incidence of puerperal fever (also known as “childbed fever”) could be drastically cut by the use of hand disinfection in obstetrical clinics. Puerperal fever was common in mid-19th-century hospitals and often fatal, with mortality at 10%–35%. Semmelweis proposed the practice of washing hands with chlorinated lime solutions in 1847 while working in Vienna General Hospital‘s First Obstetrical Clinic, where doctors’ wards had three times the mortality of midwives’ wards.[4] He published a book of his findings in Etiology, Concept and Prophylaxis of Childbed Fever.

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