Being an individual who enjoys change, it gets difficult when I find it difficult to change certain ways that have become a part of me for sometime now.
For example, take mobile technology. I just am not yet into this or even the tablets or any of the other devices that are set to replace netbooks and laptops in the future.
I wish to buy a smartphone (ahem, some of us still call it ‘mobile’) but have no idea where to start – it’s all so confusing. And this is despite, my preoccupation with programming concepts,a number of Linux distros and so on and so forth.
It’s hard to believe but after all this while, it’s one way the Ignaz Semmelweis effect is playing a role in my Life – for what purpose, the good Lord only knows!
Ignaz Semmelweis Effect – How It Changed Medicine
But who is Ignaz Semmelweis , you might ask? And why should this effect matter, if at all?
If this question was asked when Ignaz Semelweiss was alive, then people would consider you to be crazy or for that matter, inquisitive about a trivial matter. This is for the simple reason that he was sent to a mental institution for the rest of his mortal life for his simple suggestion.
The suggestion, as we know it, was based on what the doctor had found when it came to delivering babies safely.
What he said was that one should wash their hands before each delivery as this would reduce childbed fever mortality ten fold.
Of course, people thought he was nuts – something that was proved a number of years later with Pasteur’s “germ theory”.
(Well, it must be pointed out that since people did not listen to him, the mortality rate due to childbed fever continued to remain high.)
So, what should this tell you about what’s fact and what’s fiction? My mind wanders to the theory of evolution by Charles Darwin , and how long it’s taken for people to really take it seriously as opposed to prevailing belief systems that think otherwise…
But that’s a discussion for another day…
It is for this reason the definition of the Ignaz Semmelweis Effect is, “the reflex-like rejection of new knowledge as it contradicts entrenched norms, beliefs or paradigms”.
Which brings us to the question, considering the theme of this blog: Do people have a fixed attitude towards health and fitness that they can let go of?
Ignaz Semmelweis Effect – Our Personal Takeaway
I read a number of memes every other day which tell us how stupid it is to take better care of ourselves through fitness and a proper diet.
Bet a number of patients would have wished they took this advice a bit more seriously, wouldn’t they?
Well, the intention isn’t to scare anyone who reads but for you to recognize that taking care of your health is a duty you owe to your body as old school as that word ‘duty’ is.
So, if you find other people doing their best to stay fit and healthy, it’s not such a bad idea to do the same yourself.
The feeling of being wrong about something (caused by the effect) isn’t one that you’d enjoy, now would you?
So, do you think the Ignaz Semmelweis effect still exists today? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.