You’ll have heard of penicillin unless you’ve been in a cave for the past 100 years – in fact, you’ll probably have been given some or a derivative thereof at some point in your life. But how was it discovered, and how is it relevant to the Medicine Through Time course? Well, you’re going to find out here…

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It’s the turn of the 19th century. The world is on the verge of a new revolution, in just a few years from now people will leave the countryside and farming, some forever. They will flock to cities and towns seeking employment using new industrial machines. In fact, so many people will flock to towns and cities so quickly, that many towns and cities won’t be able to cope. Poverty will be rife, poor housing, poor sewage and poor quality of life will be common, if not the norm. However, this change in life style and scenery will go on to inspire a new revolution: a revolution in medicine, in health: in the space of a few short years ground-breaking discoveries will be made. Scientists and physicians will be met with opposition from all sides, but despite this in 100 years time England will be a healthier and cleaner place to live.

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That’s right, there’s some stuff you need to know about modern-ish medicine (modern-ish: read 20th century), such as the discovery and subsequent use of x-rays, development of plastic surgery, finally overcoming the final problem with surgery, and so on. Ready for a quick-fire set of information on what you need to know about the major 20th century developments? Here we go…

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You might have heard of this guy somewhere before… perhaps it was on TV somewhere? In fact, Louis Pasteur is arguably one of the most important individuals on the Medicine Through Time course – so we’re covering him here. Ready? Here we go…

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The Middle Ages were a bit of a quiet time as far as the development of medicine goes – especially in Europe. One of the main reasons for this was the church: for example, when the black death came along in the early 14th century, the church believed it was a punishment from god. However, the larger problem they created was the fact that they forbade any further research or experimentation that could lead to an improved medical understanding.

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