B1a4 Infectious Diseases - Ignaz Semmelweis

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Ignaz Semmelweis


Ignaz Semmelweis was a Hungarian Physician who is credited with controlling the spread of infections in hospitals.  He recognised the importance of hand-washing in preventing the spread of some infectious diseases.  By insisting that doctors washed their hands before examining patients he greatly reduced the number of deaths from infectious diseases in hospitals.  The importance of Semmelweis' work is recognised by campaigns run by the NHS in the UK encouraging people to 'Scrub Up'