Video: When Hand Washing Was Controversial

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In this companion video to a previous article, Dr. Joe Alton discusses a time when simple hand washing was a major medical controversy. Just performing hand hygiene made a big difference in the outcomes of hospitalized patients, but many medical staff were vehemently opposed to the idea that their hands were contaminated with microbes.

Dr. Alton examines the career and fate of one of the medical pioneers that was an advocate for saving lives by preventing infection. To watch, click below:

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