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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.

  • 9 tasks
  • 7,026 participants
  • 1,500 XP

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

Senior Data Scientist at King (Activision Blizzard)

I'm a Data Scientist at King (Activision/Blizzard) and previously I've been an instructor at DataCamp. I once did a PhD in Cognitive Science at Lund University. I'm passionate about Bayesian statistics, good graphs and free coffee. Follow me @rabaath on Twitter or check out my blog, Publishable Stuff.

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