Ignaz Semmelweis

Topics: Ignaz Semmelweis, Puerperal fever, Hospital Pages: 3 (888 words) Published: April 25, 2011
• Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis was born on the 1st of July 1818. He was one of the most important medical figures of his time. His discovery concerning the prevention of puerperal fever shown in him many qualities such as brilliant fact-finding, logical analysis such as using statistics to come to answer and keen thoughtful reasoning. The highly successful hand washing made him a knowledge growing, leading star in antisepsis during his era (known as the prebacteriological era), in spite of much opposition and resistance.

• Semmelweis was born in Tabán. The fifth child of a rich shopkeeper of German Origin. His elementary school was Catholic Gymnasium of Buda. He finished his schooling at the university of Pest between 1835 and 1837. After university, in the same year, Semmelweis travelled to Vienna planning to enrol in its law school. However soon after his arrival he was fascinated by the idea of medicine and he then enrolled in a medical school . After completing the first year of his studies at Vienna, Semmelweis returned to Pest and continued at the local university during the academic years 1839 – 1841.Due to backward conditions he returned at the second Vienna medical school ( one of the leading world centres of the time because of its laboratories and bedside medicine ).He remained in Vienna after graduation, repeating a two month course in practical midwifery and receiving a master degree in the subject. He also completed some surgical training and spent almost 15 months learning diagnostic and statical methods.

• Finally Semmelweis applied for the position of assistant in the First Obstetrical Clinic of the university teaching institution, the Vienna general hospital. In July of 1846 Semmelweis became the house officer of the First Clinic, which was then under the direction of Johann Klein. Among lots of his things to do were the instruction of medical students, assistance at surgical jobs, and the regular performance of all clinical...
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