Relevant in the times of pandemic which expects us to stay safe by following steps as simple as washing hands, The Man with Clean Hands written by Subramoniam Vaidyanathan is a chapter from the history of medicine. Both print and digital copy of the book was released yesterday.
Living at a time when washing our hands is the key to breaking the chain and staying safe, The Man with Clean Hands is the tragic story of Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis who introduced the strategy of hand washing and chlorine disinfection, to prevent the deadly puerperal fever (childbed fever), which used to kill a number of women soon after delivery. The book traces the history of the proposed doctrine and the wrath Semmelweis faced from the entire medical fraternity. Subramoniam Vaidyanathan narrates the events tracing the timeline of a battle he fought to breaking the stigma which still stands apposite in the contemporary context.
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