He Saved Women and Their Babies — And People Hated Him

At a time when up to 25% of women died of childbed fever

Dr. Ignaz Phillip Semmelweis 1818–1865, Gyomaendrőd, Hungary: Corvina Kiadó ISBN: 9631314596. plate 15, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4550652

Puerperal fever — a.k.a. childbed fever — is a bacterial infection that can affect mothers after childbirth. It usually occurs in the vaginal tract and/or the placenta site in the uterus, but can also occur in the breasts. After infection, bacteria can then enter the…

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