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 R project we will reanalyze the medical data Semmelweis collected. This project assumes you can manipulate data frames using dplyr and make simple plots using ggplot2. You can learn these skills in the course Introduction to the Tidyverse.

Project Tasks

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

Instructor at DataCamp

Rasmus Bååth is an instructor at DataCamp and in charge of building new DataCamp Projects. Before joining DataCamp he did a PHD in Cognitive Science at Lund University, Sweden. Follow him at @rabaath on Twitter or on his blog, Publishable Stuff.

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