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​LKCMedicine opens the Semmelweis Exhibition

Published on: 04-Dec-2018

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A 14-panel exhibition to celebrate the 200th birth anniversary of Hungarian physician Ignaz Semmelweiss (1818-1865) at the Collaboration Space at Experimental Medicine Building (EMB) was launched today. Graced by the Hungarian Ambassador to Singapore His Excellency István Szerdahelyi, this exhibition which has been jointly organised by the Hungarian Embassy and LKCMedicine not only shows the life and achievements of Dr Semmelweis who has been posthumously recognised as one of Hungary’s great medical doctors for being a pioneer in antiseptic procedures, which has changed birthing practices and the lives of thousands of mothers, but also the highlights and achievements of other Hungarian medical doctors and researchers such as Nobel Prize-winning Hungarian biochemist Albert Szent-Györgyi von Nagyrápolt and biophysicist György Békésy.

LKCMedicine Dean Prof James Best in his welcome address said the story of Semmelweis is a remarkable one, from which medical students and researchers can take away the following points, “His rigorous testing of his theory regarding the existence of puerperal sepsis, the power of careful observation so as to find treatment; going against established dogma; and also the importance of publishing your findings. He only published 10 years after his discovery, and he had many detractors although he presented his findings to the medical council.”

His Excellency Szerdahelyi followed with a short speech emphasising the standing Hungary enjoys, having had many inventions that have contributed to the international community. He praised the exhibition space and hopes many students would be inspired by the exhibition to do great work.

LKCMedicine Prof Balázs Gulyás closed with a speech on the medical research achievements of Hungarians in general and Dr Semmelweis in particular.

The exhibition will be at EMB until 14 December. It will then travel to Clinical Sciences Building from 19 December 2018 until 5 January 2019.

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