Medicine Through Time
The history of medicine covers a wide range of topics and issues. From childbirth to the final days of life, mankind has sought to understand the workings of the human body. History shows many attempts to develop an understanding of the life cycle, disease, fractures or wounds. Some historic attempts to do so appear to be plain ridiculous, or even amusing, now. Others range from years or study to lucky breaks. The story of the history of medicine ties in with with beliefs, government policy, industrial and agricultural activity and with the blood and guts of conflict.
Medicine through time is a popular unit of study at GCSE level in the United Kingdom. Specifications vary in terms of the content but typically cover attitudes and beliefs; the key breakthroughs and the causal factors for them; personalities who have influenced medical practice and the manner in which medicine has been practised.
Medicine through time resources
Ancient Medicine revision game
Medieval medicine: classroom simulation task
William Harvey, exam style question pack
Andreas Vesalius worksheet
Medicine in the Renaissance
Continuity and change in Renaissance medicine
Islamic medicine sources exercise
Islamic medicine mindmap task
Edward Jenner and the Smallpox vaccine
|Prehistoric Medicine||Prehistoric Medicine
Read about early forms of surgery, spiritual belief and the types of evidence that prehistory has left us to explore.
|Ancient Egyptian Medicine||Ancient Egyptian Medicine
Find out about the ways that the Pharoah's and their subjects recorded and developed medicine and the role of the mummy!
|Ancient Greek Medicine||Ancient Greek Medicine
The birth of medicine as we know it? An ancient revolution in medical thinking.
|Medicine in the Roman Empire||Medicine in the Roman Empire
What did the Romans ever do for us? Quite a lot! Read here to find out more.
|Medieval Medicine||Medieval Medicine
A time of great upheaval and war but at what cost to the development of medicine? Click to find out.
|Medicine in the Renaissance||Medicine in the Renaissance
Rebels with a cause. A revolution in scientific thinking and methodology that went totally against the rules. The medical consequences were huge.
|The Fight against Infectious Disease||The Fight against Infectious Disease
Discover how killer diseases have been overcome over time and what is being done to prevent them today.
|Public Health in the Industrial Revolution||Public Health in the Industrial Revolution.
Dirt, disease and death. The battle to overcome squalor in the Industrial age.
|Medicine in the Modern World c1900 to present||Medicine in the Modern World c1900 to present
Develop your understanding of the way that medicine and public health has changed in recent times.