Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis was a Hungarian physician who pioneered a breakthrough medical technology.His ideas were not accepted at the time. Some of his more, em, "motivated" critics tried to have him committed to a mental institiution.
Ferdinand Ritter von Hebra lured him, under the pretense of visiting one of Hebra's "new Institutes", to a Viennese insane asylum located in Lazarettgasse. Semmelweis surmised what was happening and tried to leave. He was severely beaten by several guards, secured in a straitjacket, and confined to a darkened cell. Apart from the straitjacket, treatments at the mental institution included dousing with cold water and administering castor oil, a laxative. He died after two weeks, on August 13, 1865, aged 47, from a gangrenous wound, possibly caused by the beating. -- Wikipedia
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