Doctors Have Historically Resisted Common Sense Health Advice

The NY Times does an excellent recount of Ignac Semmelweis, a Hungarian obstetrician at the famed Vienna General Hospital who you might know for exhorting his fellow physicians to wash their hands before examining women about to deliver babies. Unfortunately, few listened. In the 19th century, roughly five women in 1,000 died in deliveries performed by midwives or at home. Alarmingly, when the delivery was performed by doctors in the best maternity hospitals in Europe and America, the death...

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