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101366 | HUNGARY. Semmelweis Ignác bronze Medal.

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    101366  |  HUNGARY. Semmelweis Ignác bronze Medal. Issued circa 1965. Commemorating the life of the famous physician and scientist (60mm, 80.85 g, 12h). By Kiss Nagy A.


    SEMMELWEIS IGNÀC / 1818–1865, bust facing slightly left in frock coat / Highly stylized mother seated facing, holding one small child to her breast and extending hand to another who holds a teddy bear. Edge: Plain.


    Medicina in Nummis II, 648. Choice Mint State. Deep brown surfaces, with a light cobalt tone around the devices.


    Semmelweis is commonly referred to as the "savior of mothers" on account of his discovering the connection between the marked decrease of puerperal (childbed) fever and simply disinfecting one's hands in obstetrics. At the time, this breakthrough was not widely recognized and was even ridiculed by many of his contemporaries. Sadly, he was committed to an asylum at the age of just 47 due to an alleged breakdown, succumbing to injuries sustained there merely two weeks later. Posthumously, his revelations were resoundingly recognized and helped save countless lives.


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