In a word, puerperal fever was according to Semmelweis no new specific disease, but a variety of pymia.
Of course I do not wish to underrate the importance of Semmelweis's labors.
The contrast between the work of Semmelweis and the work of Pasteur cuts like a knife here.
The failure of Semmelweis' teaching may be estimated by the fact that it had all to be done over again.
Hungarian physician who was a pioneer of sterile surgical practices. He proved that infectious disease and death in the obstetric clinic were caused by medical students going directly from performing autopsies to treating patients. Semmelweis instituted strict rules governing hygiene that dramatically reduced the mortality rate.