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Ignaz Semmelweis: The Persecuted Medical Pioneer: Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis was a Hungarian doctor, now known as an early pioneer of antiseptic procedures. Described as the “saviour of mothers”, Semmelweis discovered that the incidence of puerperal, or childbed fever, could be drastically cut if doctors washed their hands before delivering babies in maternity wards. However, he was ridiculed and persecuted for his discovery and died an outcast. This program tells his amazing yet tragic story and shares a message of hope with us today.