Semmelweiss(zĕm′əl-vīs′)Ignaz Philipp 1818-1865
- Hungarian physician who pioneered the use of antiseptics in obstetrics as the result of his discovery that puerperal fever is a form of septicemia. His methods reduced mortalities but were not widely adopted until after his death.
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