The Cry and the Covenant Author:Morton Thompson Ignaz Semmelweis almost cost his mother her life. After his birth she lay racked with puerperal fever. Death waited to snatch her as it had taken multitudes of other women in the year 1818. — But she recovered and lived to see her son a physician, a man dedicated to fight for the safety of mothers. Early in his career at the Vienna General Hospti... more »al Ignaz Semmelweis made a shocking discovery-doctors who went directly from dissecting cadavers to the beds of women in labor were not savers of life but sowers of death! They were taking the lives of untold thousands of women and children by not washing their hands!
Semmelweis published and practied his new theories of hygiene; the death rate fell miraculously. But the vengeance of vicious, ignorant colleagues kept Semmelweis from an important teaching position, ousted him from his hospital job, and finally drove him from Vienna.« less