Ignaz Semmelweis, known as the Father of Handwashing, discovered in the mid-1800s that doctors not washing their hands between autopsies and deliveries led to a high maternal mortality rate. Despite his discovery, Semmelweis faced resistance from his peers and was eventually pushed out of his hospital. He struggled to find work and died in a mental asylum after getting into a fight and cutting his hand, which became infected. Although his life ended tragically, Semmelweis is remembered for his important contribution to public health.
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