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Bruce D Spiess MD

“Now that evolution of that thought, of well, there’s a connection here, can I improve outcome, could actually translate into what happens in transfusion.”

Aryeh Shander MD

“The Semmelweis principle is the knee-jerk rejection of anything new because again it challenges the norms.”

Sundar Sankaran MD

“People are actually thinking that it is all to do with demons or devils coming in till a simple solution Semmelweis brought in of hand washing and that prevented all the sepsis. So that’s a simple solution. So many things in medicine may have a simple solution, but people are reluctant to accept because something […]

Kathleen Sazama MD JD

“He was drummed out of the business basically because it was not traditional. The influence of the politics and the fraternity of medical professionals at the time was such that it was simply unacceptable to consider that anything so simple could be the reason for the difference in survival.”

Gonzalo Cardemil Herrera MD

“Semmelweis’ observations are common sense, a response and observation of daily life. He was someone intelligent trying to see something, however, in his day, his recommendations were rejected and challenged and he was persecuted for them.” Gonzalo Cardemil Herrera, MD, is Professor Department of Surgery, Hospital Clinico Universidad de Chile, Chile.

Kathleen Sazama MD JD

The docs would go from the autopsy room into a delivery room, didn’t change their clothes; didn’t change their coats; didn’t wash their hands; just went from one table to the other. The physicians had a horrible death rate related to post delivery sepsis of the moms. Same population of moms, midwives were delivering mothers, […]

Bruce D Spiess MD

“If the misfortune is not to persists forever then this truth must be made known to everyone concerned.” Ignatz Semmelweis, 1862 “In the early days of asepsis, in Vienna, Austria, Dr. Semmelweis noticed that the midwives had many fewer infections than did the physicians who were touching many different patients, and who were actually even […]