The really feared complication of pregnancy caused mainly by the streptococcus usually transmitted by birth attendants. History shows that the vast majority of neither midwives or doctors reacted appropriately to well documented discovery as early as 1773 and again even more convincingly in 1795 of hand washing although Ignaz Semmelweis got all the glory and hate from 1847. Louis Pasteur proved that streptococci was responsible on 13th March 1879 after some great names of early asepsis such as Joseph Lister, but not Alexander Ogston, got it wrong.
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