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Nevertheless, Semmelweis faced enormous opposition and even ridicule from colleagues and when his hospital position was not renewed, he was forced to move from Vienna to Budapest in 1850. In 1855 he was appointed to a chair of midwifery at the University of Pest, where he continued his crusade. Finally in 1861, he published his findings, at the same time issuing a series of polemical pamphlets describing his opponents as “murderers.” The personal animosity between Semmelweis and the Viennese medical establishment contributed to the delay in implementing his recommendations. His lack of talent as a writer also impeded the understanding and acceptance of his theories. His biographer, Sir. W. J. Sinclair, remarked that “if he could have written like Oliver Wendell Holmes, his ‘Äetiology’ would have conquered Europe in twelve months.”
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