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Mark Rylance play: Who was Dr. Semmelweis and what did he discover?


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Mark Rylance as Dr Semmelweis at the Harold Pinter Theatre

Dr Semmelweis

Harold Pinter Theatre, London, UK

From 29 June

Who was Dr Semmelweis?

In Vienna in 1846, women expecting a baby were admitted to the city’s general hospital for their labour. But the hospital had two clinics: a First Clinic, attended by doctors, and a Second Clinic, attended by midwives.

The clinics admitted on alternate days, but women entering labour fervently hoped to be attended by the midwives. Some, on arrival to the hospital, fell to their knees and …

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