Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis, The Prophet of Bacteriology

  title={Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis, The Prophet of Bacteriology},
  author={Helmut Wykticky and Manfred Skopec},
  journal={Infection Control},
  pages={367 - 370}
Abstract Although by 1931 I. Ph. Semmelweis' achievements and the tragedy of his life had been given their due place in the history of mankind, Alexander Fränkel, formerly Theodor Billroth's assistant and later his biographer, critically stated that the discoverer of the causes of puerperal fever should have defended his discovery with facts rather than with fanaticism. It was only a few years after Semmelweis' death, for instance, that Billroth made laborious experiments. Billroth's work on… 

Medical innovations and discoveries: the mind of a scientist is the most important research instrument

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    Acta Neuropsychiatrica
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Man has always tried to study the intricate workings of his own body and causes of illnesses, suggesting that certain characteristics do not have to be expressed to the next generation to be perpetuated.

A Brief History of Microbiology and Immunology

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    Vaccines: A Biography
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Vaccine history is inextricably linked with the histories of microbiology and immunology; evolution of the latter disciplines parallels the ongoing quest of humankind to understand the fundamental


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Lack of evidence for sexual transmission of hepatitis C virus in patients attending STD clinics in Pune, India

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What were the historical reasons for the resistance to recognizing airborne transmission during the COVID‐19 pandemic?

The acceleration of interdisciplinary research inspired by the COVID‐19 pandemic has shown that airborne transmission is a major mode of transmission for this disease, and is likely to be significant for many respiratory infectious diseases.

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Severe Infections in Obstetrics and Gynecology: How Early Surgical Intervention Saves Lives

Clostridial species, Streptococcus pyogenes and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria are outlined in this review, given their aggressive ability to progress into disseminating sepsis, toxic shock syndrome and necrotizing soft tissue infections, to assist obstetricians and gynecologists with making life-saving decisions on early surgical intervention when encountering such critically ill patients.

Quantifying Transmission of Norovirus During an Outbreak

This approach provides a framework to quantify the magnitude and direction of transmission between healthcare workers and patients during a norovirus outbreak and the utility of this method in outbreaks of other infections and in different settings should be explored.

The history of neurosurgery and its relation to the development and refinement of the frontotemporal craniotomy.

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new perspective, a look at the operations performed through the centuries, particularly operations developed for diseases or conditions of urgency. Thus, chapters include "Wound Management in

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In the 19th century (and much of the 20th) Vienna was among the foremost medical centers of the Western world. In 1965 Erna Lesky published a history of the Viennese school, a book that is now

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