The Semmelweis Reflex

Hungarian physician Ignaz Semmelweis joined the maternal clinic of Vienna‚Äôs General Hospital in 1846. At the time, a mysterious condition was baffling doctors: up to eighteen percent of mothers were dying of childbed fever. No adequate theory yet existed to explain the condition, though one was so ridiculous as to attribute it to "mother's shame" … Continue reading The Semmelweis Reflex