Medicine Through Time

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

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.

Prehistoric MedicinePrehistoric 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 DiseaseThe 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 RevolutionPublic 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

NHS history
Medicine in the Modern World c1900 to present

Develop your understanding of the way that medicine and public health has changed in recent times.