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Dr. Semmelweis and the Discovery of Handwashing

Reanalyse the data behind one of the most important discoveries of modern medicine: handwashing.

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Project Description

In 1847, the Hungarian physician Ignaz Semmelweis makes a breakthough discovery: He discovers handwashing. Contaminated hands was a major cause of childbed fever and by enforcing handwashing at his hospital he saved hundreds of lives.

In this python project we will reanalyze the medical data Semmelweis collected. This project assumes that you are familiar with python and pandas DataFrames. You will also perform a bootstrap analysis. You can learn the required skills in these courses:

Project Tasks

  • 1Meet Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis
  • 2The alarming number of deaths
  • 3Death at the clinics
  • 4The handwashing begins
  • 5The effect of handwashing
  • 6The effect of handwashing highlighted
  • 7More handwashing, fewer deaths?
  • 8A Bootstrap analysis of Semmelweis handwashing data
  • 9The fate of Dr. Semmelweis
Rasmus Bååth

Senior Data Scientist at King (Activision Blizzard)

Rasmus Bååth is a Senior Data Scientist at King. Previously, he was an instructor and Curriculum Lead for Projects at DataCamp. He has a PhD in Cognitive Science from Lund University in Sweden. Follow him at @rabaath on Twitter or on his blog, Publishable Stuff.

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    Data ManipulationData VisualizationProbability & StatisticsImporting & Cleaning Data