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Format 140x220 Hardcover
EUR 22,90 / sFr 31,80
ISBN ebook: 9783701745043
published in März 2015
In Safe Hands
Ignaz Semmelweis – Hygiene Pioneer
Medical innovation is always accompanied by those who resist it – no life shows this better than that of Ignaz Semmelweis.
A journey through the life of the great fighter for the health of mothers and medical progress. "Wash your hands": this rule of hygiene is taken for granted. That this was not always the case is revealed through the history of the 1818-born Semmelweis, who worked as a gynaecologist in Vienna. He had to fight hard for it to be recognised that doctors’ dirty hands were infecting child-bearing women. His life story, which is of immense importance still today, let’s us look deep into the fascinating world of scientific discoveries and intrigue.
Anna Durnová, born in Brno, lives in Vienna. The political scientist has worked as a lecturer and researcher at the University of Vienna since 2004. Since 2012, she has been conducting research within the Hertha- Firnberg programme (FWF Austrian Science Fund) for her habilitation on Semmelweis and its related health discourse. She has been published in numerous scientific publications.