Causal inference, mechanisms, and the Semmelweis case

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Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A, ISSN: 0039-3681, Vol: 44, Issue: 1, Page: 66-76

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Scholl, Raphael
Elsevier BV; Elsevier
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Semmelweis’s discovery of the cause of puerperal fever around the middle of the 19th century counts among the paradigm cases of scientific discovery. For several decades, philosophers of science have used the episode to illustrate, appraise and compare views of proper scientific methodology.