TIL the Hungarian physician Semmelweis proved that doctors washing their hands (not yet standard for mid-19th century Europe) greatly reduced hospital maternal mortality.As germs weren’t discovered yet,he was ridiculed & later dismissed from his post. He mentally broke down & died in a mental asylum

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  1. It’s also pretty likely the reason he ended up in a mental asylum and struggled with his sanity later in life was due to neurosyphilis. This late stage of syphilis was common amongst OBY-GYN’s before penicillin was invented.

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