Vaccines, modern medicine and the Semmelweis tradition

This guy Fauci is such a liar it is almost hard to believe he can still show his face in public: Fauci declares delta variant ‘greatest threat’ to the nation’s efforts to eliminate Covid. The thing is he is a medical doctor which means he once received a medical degree which in turn means he once did so well in high school that he could be accepted by some medical school. Which means we are dealing with a cohort of people who studied hard, listened to their teachers, did all their homework and always did what they were told. They are not your cohort of radical independent thinkers.

I am reminded of one of the greatest names in the history of science and medicine whose fate is a useful reminder of the dangers of listening to establishment doctors about anything radically new and different. If you don’t know his story, it is worth thinking about the example he set.

Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis (1 July 1818 – 13 August 1865) was a Hungarian physician and scientist, now known as an early pioneer of antiseptic procedures. Described as the “saviour of mothers”,[2] Semmelweis discovered that the incidence of puerperal fever (also known as “childbed fever”) could be drastically cut by the use of hand disinfection in obstetrical clinics. Puerperal fever was common in mid-19th-century hospitals and often fatal. Semmelweis proposed the practice of washing hands with chlorinated lime solutions in 1847 while working in Vienna General Hospital‘s First Obstetrical Clinic, where doctors’ wards had three times the mortality of midwives’ wards.[3] He published a book of his findings in Etiology, Concept and Prophylaxis of Childbed Fever.

Despite various publications of results where hand washing reduced mortality to below 1%, Semmelweis’s observations conflicted with the established scientific and medical opinions of the time and his ideas were rejected by the medical community. He could offer no acceptable scientific explanation for his findings, and some doctors were offended at the suggestion that they should wash their hands and mocked him for it. In 1865, the increasingly outspoken Semmelweis supposedly suffered a nervous breakdown and was committed to an asylum by his colleagues. In the asylum he was beaten by the guards. He died 14 days later, from a gangrenous wound on his right hand that may have been caused by the beating. Semmelweis’s practice earned widespread acceptance only years after his death, when Louis Pasteur confirmed the germ theory, and Joseph Lister, acting on the French microbiologist‘s research, practised and operated using hygienic methods, with great success.

So, doctor, what about Ivermectin and HCQ? And, by the way, just how safe are all these “vaccines”? Cancel culture is no doubt better than being incarcerated and then tortured in an asylum, but the effect is the same and the people in charge today are of the same variety of highly-intelligent highly-conformist experts Semmelweis had to deal with back then.

As for our modern Semmelweis moment, see below.

Being wise after the fact is the most common form of expertise of them all.

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