Friday, April 22, 2016

Atheism, Faith, Scientist, and The Obstetrician that Died In an Insane Asylum, Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis

The absence of proof is no proof of absence - and Dr. Ignaz Phillip Semmelweis knew that this was true, and he died, beaten to death in an insane asylum for his knowledge that was not accepted - as he had no way to prove it was true. He was right about everything he'd claimed, and later, was venerated by science. There is no small reason why he's known as "The Savior Of Mothers."

Ignaz Phillipp Semmelweis

Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis was born on the first day of July in 1818 somewhere in Budapest, Hungary. His family was wealthy from the grocery business, and he was the fifth of ten children. Ignaz grew up, and went on to law school in the year of 1837 at the University of Vienna. For reasons unknown to any but him, and to the benefit of all - Ignaz switched to the study of medicine the following year. He was awarded the earned degree of Medical Doctor in 1844.

Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis had sought an appointment in internal medicine, but decided to become an obstetrician instead. On his twenty eighth birthday he was appointed a position akin to the modern chief resident at the First Obstetrical Clinic of the Vienna General Hospital.
During this time there was a huge problem of infanticide rampant throughout Europe, and to combat this free maternity clinics were abundant.

Ignaz Phillipp Semmelweis - "A Gentleman ALWAYS Washes His Hands!"

The Savior Of Mothers.

Puerperal fever was the scourge of 19th century birth clinics, and Doctor Ignaz Semmelweis became obsessed with determining just exactly WHY the infection rates for puerperal fever were higher at some clinics than at others. Most women at the time delivered at home, but those who had to take to the hospitals, due to poverty, illegitimacy, or birth complications, suffered a mortality of 25-30 percent; Semmelweis was so distraught by this, and his seeming inability as a medical professional to combat it effectively, that he'd stated, that because of it - his life seemed to be not worth the living.

Some physicians believed the infection to be caused by crowdedness, poor ventilation, beginning lactation, or miasma. Despite strong resistance from his superior, who had accepted the disease as non-preventable, Semmelweis commenced his work on finding the causes of the misery. He didn't know it then, but his pursuit would have him persecuted by nearly the entire scientific community - and though he would offend many medical doctors with his thoughts and findings, he would later become known as the Savior Of Mothers.

What happened was that Semmelweis used statistical analysis to discover the etiology and preventative measures that should be taken to prevent the spreading of puerperal fever in new mothers. His brilliant fact finding, and keen inductive reasoning led him to KNOW that prophylactic hand washing and antisepsis were the answers to the unseen problems leading to a horrific mortality rate in new mothers. He'd instituted measures of prevention in his hospitals and clinics DESPITE the deliberate opposition and uninformed resistance of nearly all medical professionals and modern scientist. He knew that he was right, and he WAS right. He did not need to prove what he could not prove - his measures proved themselves right.

The Persecution of Semmelweis

Ignaz Semmelweis was persecuted by the scientific community of his day for believing in things that he could not see and could not prove to their satisfaction. Despite reducing the mortality rate of new mothers so dramatically that he became known throughout modern history as The Savior of Mothers, he died alone and beaten - persecuted for his beliefs.

In 1861, he published a book, but the community rejected his doctrine. In 1865 he suffered a nervous breakdown and was taken to a mental hospital, where he was beaten by asylum personnel and died. It took another 14 years for the discovery to be accepted, after Louis Pasteur, in 1879, showed the presence of Streptococcus in the blood of women with child fever. Semmelweis is now recognized as a pioneer of antiseptic policy.

Semmelweis was a true martyr of science. Martyred for his faith in that which he could not prove. Today, we live in a world where science has become corrupted by business interests, and political agendas. People are coerced everywhere into accepting things that science can not prove. There are so many examples of this that it's startling. Ignoramus Richard Dawkins wants to make it child abuse to teach theism to children. I'll quote Richards superior, Sir Carl Sagan

¨Absence of proof is not proof of absence."

The persecution of the religious is the new fascism. The Dawkins hordes march across America screaming that they are persecuted. But The Savior Of Mothers was beaten to death for faith in what he'd been unable to prove - but the lesson here is clear.


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