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"Bigotry, Prejudice, and Childbirth"

My family and I just watched an excellent movie on the life of Louis Pasteur. This Academy Award-winning movie showed me that every one of us living today owes an enormous debt to Dr. Pasteur. Just think of pasteurized milk and honey, making food safe for our families to eat and drink, thanks to Louis Pasteur ; think of our children whose lives are safe from rabies transmitted by ‘mad dogs’, thanks to Louis Pasteur; think of our wives and mothers who need not fear death from infection during childbirth, thanks to Louis Pasteur; think of the sheep, cattle and chickens that we can safely rely on for our food supply, thanks to Louis Pasteur. No wonder that Pasteur’s name is better known than any other scientist who has ever lived.

Louis Pasteur is a living reminder that anyone who wants to make a difference in life is bound to face bigotry and opposition. The most narrow-minded usually turn out to be those who pretend to be the most open-minded and inclusive. Pasteur was maligned as a murderer and a menace to science. He was even challenged to a duel by an angry physician. His ‘criminal’ behaviour was none other than publishing a pamphlet urging doctors to wash their hands before surgery and to sterilize their instruments. Thirty percent of pregnant women in Paris were needlessly dying from infection during childbirth. One grief-struck husband, whose wife had just died from childbirth fever, went on a rampage and shot his doctor dead. Medical doctors rallied against Dr. Pasteur, blaming his pamphlet for the murder and claiming that Pasteur was making the practice of medicine unsafe for physicians and surgeons. "Who did Pasteur think that he was?" They said. "He isn’t even a medical doctor...just a lowly chemist".

Question: "How did a so-called murderer end up making childbirth safe for today's women?" Click to find out...


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