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Cleanliness Is Next To Godliness (4 of 7)
Series: Old Time Tent Revival
OPEN: Years ago I went to the a seminar for preachers put on by a local hospital. In part, the seminar was an attempt on their part to show appreciation for our ministry to their patients. But they also went over various items that would make our ministry more effective. Amongst the topics they covered that day was basic hygiene. They explained that the simple practice of washing hands was often overlooked by visitors. Even Doctors and nurses sometimes would forget to simply wash their hands. But, they explained, hand washing was essential for protecting the health of patients from infection. They taught us that the best way to wash your hands at a hospital is to use soap and then scrub your hands for 10 seconds (mentally counting to 10) before washing away the suds and drying our hands. Essentially, they were telling preachers - cleanliness is next to Godliness.
The seminar ended and it was time for our meal at the hospital. Several of us went into the bathroom, and as I was at the sink washing my hands I heard a voice nearby:
''1… 2… 3… 4…''
Cleanliness IS next to Godliness.
But hospitals haven't always practiced that principle.
ILLUS: Back in the 1840's, one of the world famous medical centers was in Vienna Austria. If you had a medical problem - this was the Mayo clinic of the day.
But they had a problem. In their maternity wards, women were dying at the frightening rate of 1 in 6 pregnant women (about 20%). Doctors of the day felt the death rate was due to delayed lactation, excessive fear, or poisonous air.
But then a young doctor named Ignaz Semmelweis arrived and was placed in charge of the maternity ward. He was troubled by the death rate and decided to observe that the women who were examined by the doctors and medical staff became sick and died much more often than the women who were not examined.
He traced the behavior of their docto ...
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