Ignaz Semmelweis: The Doctor Who Emphasized Hand-Washing in 1847

A Hungarian obstetrician was the first to nail down the importance of hand-washing to stop the spread of infectious disease. Introduction One of the front-line defenses individuals have against the spread of the coronavirus can feel decidedly low-tech: hand-washing. In fact, it was 19th-century Hungarian physician Ignaz Semmelweis who, after observational studies, first advanced the[…]