In the 1800s, Ignaz Semmelweis noticed a similarity in infections among doctors cutting themselves in morgues and patients. To prevent these infections, he had a simple idea that changed medical history.

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Ignaz Semmelweis was a brilliant scientist who researched antiseptic procedures. In the 1800s, many doctors worked in multiple fields and did not specialize. Ignaz observed surgeons working in the morgue and then going to the maternity ward, where infections were spread. He implemented hand washing with chlorine and saw a dramatic decrease in deaths due to infections. However, the message of surgeons being dirty was not received well by the doctors. He was met with lots of criticism and eventually suffered a nervous breakdown.