Hidden Deaths

grave stone
“Isabella, Wife of Joseph Miller Died June 27, 1854 Aged 30 yrs. and his Infant’s With her,”

Even though Semmelveis emphasized the importance of washing ones hands between examining cadavers and delivering babies because it increased a woman’s chances of infection, doctors still neglected to wash their hands. As a result, women continued to die. Physicians took care to cover up their negligence by writing white lies as to the cause of their patients’ deaths. In the medical records they alluded that some of their women patents had died from a fever, but forgot to mention that the women were pregnant. They did this to avoid blame.

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