Doctors weren’t washing their hands in the 1800’s, but when they finally figured out why women were dying from childbirth the breakthrough insight that something must’ve been transferred from the morgue to the delivery room prompted the hygienic practice.
Postulating that ‘Invisible Cadaver Parts’ were harming patients would later evolve into the modern germ theory, but here’s a bigger revelation might be even more disgusting:
Even now, in the age of hand sanitizers at every doorway and one-step wash/sanitizers that effectively reduce 99.999% of all bacteria on hands, there is still a significant cross-contamination issue. We still don’t wash our hands frequently enough.
Doctors still have pitiful hand hygiene compliance.
Did your doctor wash her hands between patients?
Did you see her?