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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 made 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.

Project Tasks

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




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Rasmus Bååth

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Rasmus Bååth is a Data Science Lead at 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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