I can't understand why she wasn't treated for a bladder infection. Or maybe I misunderstood and perhaps she needed follow-up care for the CCSVI which she didn't get and her health was undermined as a consequence. Was she somehow being "punished" for her CCSVI treatment? This tragedy may be an example of the Semmelweis reflex at work, "a metaphor for the reflex like tendancy to reject new evidence or new knowledge because it contradicts established norms, beliefs or paradigms." (from Wikipedia)
Semmelweis Reflex and MS
On July 1, 1846 the Hungarian Physician Ignaz Semmelweis began work as Chief Residant in the First Obstetrical Clinic of Vienna General Hospital. This clinic was one of two created in Vienna to offer free obstetrical services as part of a civilizing European movement to stop the practice of infanticide of illegitimate births. (Well, the free clinics were also used to train Doctors and mid-wives.) Dr. Semmelweis noticed that in the the second clinic reserved for the training of midwives, the death rate from childbed fever was less than 4% whereas in his First Clinic reserved for the training of Doctors, the death rate was more than 10%. Poor women preferred giving birth in the street to the possible death sentence of being treated by a Doctor in the First Clinic. Dr. Semmelweis observed that the only difference between the two clinics was that the medical students praticed autopsies in the morgue before attending a woman in labour. He hypothesized that the students carried invisible "cadaverous particles" on their hands from the autopsy to the patients. He instituted a policy of disinfecting hands (and eventually instruments) with chlorinated lime (calcium hypochlorate or chlorine bleach) before attending to a woman giving birth. The death rate in the First Clinic dropped by 90% to resemble that in the mid-wives clinic. In April 1847 the death rate stood at 18.3%, mid May 2.2%, July 1.2%, August 1.9 % and by 1848 2 months passed with no deaths.
While today it seems obvious that one should disinfect one's hands and instruments before attending to a woman in labour, at the time his suggestion that the Doctors themselves were killing their patients outraged his colleagues. They were gentlemen and professionals, how dare he suggest they had "dirty" hands in need of washing. (Surgeons at the time actually wore blood encrusted aprons while working and took pride in that "good old surgical stink".) While the benefits of his disinfecting policy were confirmed repeatedly through statistical analysis, it was thought there was no scientific basis for his findings since he could offer no acceptable explanation. Sound familiar?
The world would have to wait 20 years for Louis Pasteur's germ theory of disease and in the meantime women died unnecessarily. Though everwhere Dr. Semmelweis instituted his disinfecting policy the death rate dropped, he was considered a dangerous radical and eventually lost his last posting in Budapest. (After leaving the replacement physician returned to the old ways and the death rate climbed dramatically as one might expect.) In 1858 Dr. Semmelweis published "The Etiology of Childbed Fever". He wrote Open Letters of desperate fury against the authorities who rejected his ideas. In August1865 he was lured into an insane asylum under a false pretence and when he realized he was about to be admitted as insane himself, he tried to flee. The guards beat him and two weeks later he died of septicemia age 47. He died a rejected and forgotten man just at the moment that Louis Pasteur confirmed the germ theory of disease with his triumphal Sorbonne lecture in 1864 against the idea of "spontaneous generation". August 1865 the same month as Dr. Semmelweis' death, Joseph Lister treated a boy's wounds using carbolic acid (phenol) to prevent "supperation", and in August 1867 Lister read his famous paper Antiseptic Principle of the Practice of Surgery to launch the practice of antiseptic surgery.
Ignaz Semmelweis is now honored in his native Hungary, and recognized worldwide as the "father of modern antisepsis".
The Semmelweis Reflex is now used as "a metaphor for the reflex like tendency to reject new evidence or new knowledge because it contradicts established norms, beliefs, or paradigms."
Dr. Timothy Leary in The Game of Life more pithily defined this reflex as "Mob behavior found among primates and larval hominids on undeveloped planets, in which a discovery of important scientific fact is punished."
I believe it is just such a reflex at work now in the refusal to recognize CCSVI - Multiple Sclerosis as primarily a blood circulation disorder.
(Most of this material and quotes taken from Wikipedia)
Taken from MS Cure Enigmas.net