“Fascia: where it lives and what lives in it.”
Blog #14 - Sunday 8 april 2018
“Thinking of the Day”
count down to Week #19, 13 of May 2018 - British Fascial Symposium lecture
Ignaz Semmelweis was a Hungarian physician in mid 1800s at Vienna General Hospital. Despite increased bloodletting and increased prayer, new mothers would die of Child Bed Fever at alarming rates. The hospital across the street was preferred by expectant mothers to Vienna General.
After the death of a dear friend and colleague who led the autopsy education of the Vienna Hospital, Semmelweis deduced the blood poisoning his friend died of WAS child bed fever.
Semmelweis asked students to wash with chloride of lime (calcium hypochlorite) before they examined women in the hospital. The death rate from child bed fever declined. But the “Thinking of the Day" by the administration and doctors had none of the heresy Semmelweis proclaimed. Death was the price to be paid for bearing a child. It was God’s will or bad air called 'Miasma Theory' causing death of the women in Vienna General Hospital. Ignaz was laughed at, ridiculed and fired from the Hospital.
He was institutionalized (mental institution). There he died of very disease he proclaimed the doctors had transmitted to new mothers: sepsis aka child bed fever.
The Germ Theory took hold after Ignaz Semmelweis' premature death. A mistake was made by Scottish chemist Sir Alexander Fleming which led to the discovery of penicillin in 1928. Yes, an Oops Moment led to a discovery which has saved lives from Sepsis, Child Bed Fever, and Consumption.
Consumption aka Tuberculous was an illness which consumed the person and the body. Eventually, the result was death. Certain populations and cultures knew the reason why Consumption happened. It was the spirit of Uncle Bob, a deceased loved one, coming back to suck the soul out of the living family member. The only way to solve the illness from infecting other family members was to dig up Uncle Bob and dismember him. Strangely, Consumption still plagued others after Uncle Bob was dismembered. So prayer and bloodletting, prevailed.
A few chosen words from and about Sir Alexander Fleming after the Oops Moment, see below.
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Scottish chemist Alexander Fleming
Nobel Prize 1945 - acceptance speech:
Bacteria are very adaptable - “this will not last long nor can it be over used.”
Early in his medical life, Fleming became interested in the natural bacterial action of the blood and in antiseptics. He was able to continue his studies throughout his military career. He settled to work on antibacterial substances which would not be toxic to animal tissues.
In 1921, he discovered in «tissues and secretions» an important bacteriolytic substance which he named Lysozyme.
In 1928, while working on influenza virus, he observed that mould had developed accidentally on a staphylococcus culture plate and that the mould had created a bacteria-free circle around itself.
In his Nobel Lecture Acceptance Speech December 11, 1945, Dr. Fleming said,
“I invented the name "Penicillin". I simply followed perfectly orthodox lines and coined a word which explained that the substance penicillin was derived from a plant of the genus Penicillium.”
page 87 and 88 he said:
“ By this method and by the method of serial dilution I tested the sensitivity of many of the common microbes which infect us and found exactly what is illustrated in Fig. 2 - that many of the common human pathogens were strongly inhibited while many others were unaffected. This led us to our first practical use of penicillin, namely in the preparation of differential culture medium. There was such a sharp distinction between the sensitive and insensitive microbes that by adding penicillin to the culture medium all the sensitive microbes were inhibited while all the insensitive microbes grew out without hindrance. This made it very easy to isolate microbes like the whooping-cough bacillus and Pfeiffer’s influenza bacillus which are normally found in the respiratory tract in association with large numbers of cocci which are sensitive to penicillin.”
WARNING: page 92 and 93
“But I would like to sound one note of warning. Penicillin is to all intents and purposes non-poisonous so there is no need to worry about giving an overdose and poisoning the patient. There may be a danger, though, in underdosage. It is not difficult to make microbes resistant to penicillin in the laboratory by exposing them to concentrations not sufficient to kill them, and the same thing has occasionally happened in the body."
"The time may come when penicillin can be bought by anyone in the shops. Then there is the danger that the ignorant man may easily underdose himself and by exposing his microbes to non-lethal quantities of the drug make them resistant."
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1945 was awarded jointly to Sir Alexander Fleming, Ernst Boris Chain and Sir Howard Walter Florey "for the discovery of penicillin and its curative effect in various infectious diseases".
Cite this page:
MLA style: "The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1945".
Nobelprize.org. Nobel Media AB 2014.
Web. 28 Mar 2018