Science, Denialism, and Democracy I Lecture

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Vidya Krishnan will share the almost forgotten story of a man, Ignaz Semmelweis, our would be tragic hero. He was a Hungarian doctor who saved millions of lives and spared countless mothers and newborns, excruciating deaths. For that, he was initially demoted, and eventually fired from his job, duped and beaten to death while trying to escape from an asylum. His idea – that little invisible microorganisms – were causing diseases were radical in the early 19th century. Like all radical ideas, they were rejected. This is a story about the time before modern medicine, science denialism, and the impact it has on communities.

Date & Timings:- 18 December, 6:30 PM IST

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