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Countway Cinema: Semmelweis

Countway Cinema: Semmelweis In-Person

In 1847 a mysterious epidemic is raging in a maternity clinic in Vienna decimating the women in labour. A Hungarian medical doctor, Ignác Semmelweis, determined to unravel the mystery of this mysterious disease called puerperal fever by going against all traditional theories. He discovers that the infection is spread by the doctors themselves, who do not disinfect their hands sufficiently when they leave the autopsy room. In the fight against the disease he finds an ally in a young Austrian woman with whom he develops an increasingly romantic relationship. As if the disease was not enough the repressive establishment does all it can to protect its prestige from the consequences of the obsessive Hungarian doctor's discovery. The battle of Semmelweis, the saviour of mothers, against the pseudo-scientists who refuse to acknowledge his discovery begins. Soon the revolution breaks out in Vienna and Pest and Semmelweis sets out to turn his discovery to the benefit of women in childbirth in his own country in Hungary.

The official teaser video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rQWibxbImQ

Ignác Semmelweis was born on 1 July 1818 in Budapest, Hungary. Semmelweis is a Hungarian obstetrician-gynecologist, also known as "the saviour of mothers", who received his medical degree in Vienna on 21 May 1844. Semmelweis essentially introduced asepsis in hospital obstetrics, thereby significantly reducing the mortality rate from puerperal fever.

SEMMELWEIS drama, 2023 Director: Lajos Koltai Writer: Balázs Maruszki Stars: Miklós H. Vecsei, Katica Nagy, Tamás K. Kovács, Ferenc Elek, Attila Csapó, Lajos Kovács, Blanka Mészáros, Anna Györgyi, István Znamenák


Thursday, March 7, 2024
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
Countway Floor 1: Room 102
Campus Location:
Harvard Longwood Campus

Registration is required. There are no seats available but a waiting list is available.

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