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August 30, 1965

The Semmelweis House— A Memorial Museum

JAMA. 1965;193(9):744. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090090050020

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  On the occasion of the centenary of the death of Ignace Semmelweis (Aug 13, 1965) the Hungarian Ministry of Health established a museum in the house in which Semmelweis had been born. A tomb was constructed at the far end of the house in which have been placed the mortal remains of Semmelweis. In front of the tomb stands the statue titled "Motherhood," which was executed by the Hungarian sculptor, Miklós Borsos. The house stands at the foot of the Castle Hill, Várhegy, in Buda. Semmelweis' father had managed a prosperous general store, also located at this site. The house was built originally at the beginning of the 18th century in the style of Louis XVI. It has 13 windows facing the street and was spacious according to middle-class standards of that time. The façade has been decorated with lovely garlands. The structure has been officially declared

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