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Medicine & Public Health Through Time

Price: £25.00
Age Range: KS3 KS4

Themed worksheets present a chronological history of medicine and public health for students taking GCSE SHP. With links also to KS3 SoW, activities develop students knowledge, understanding and analytical skills. Two final revision pages cover broad patterns and factors of change across the syllabus.

Topics include: Pre-Historic, Ancient Egyptians, Ancient Greeks; Roman Medicine and Public Health; Islamic Medicine; Doctors and Surgeons in the Middle Ages; The Black Death; Sydenham and Paracelsus; The Renaissance; Vesalius, Pare and Harvey; Jenner; Pasteur and Koch; Anaesthetic; Lister; Florence Nightingale; Penicillin; 20th Century Technology; Governments and Health; The NHS.

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Size: 60 Pages
ISBN: 978 1 86025 381 1
Author(s): Rachael Norman
Code: MPHT
Popularity rank: 240
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Contents List


  • 6 PRE-HISTORIC MEDICINE Students examine the problems of researching pre-historic medicine.
  • 8 EGYPTIAN MEDICINE Students look at change and continuity and the influence of religion in medicine.
  • 10 GREEK MEDICINE Students examine Greek medicine, including Hippocrates and natural causes of disease.
  • 12 ROMAN MEDICINE Students examine preventative medicine.
  • 14 THE MIDDLE AGES Regression in medical practice.
  • 16 ISLAMIC MEDICINE Progress, continuity and regression.
  • 18 DOCTORS IN THE MIDDLE AGES Students examine the kind of treatments available.
  • 20 PUBLIC HEALTH IN THE MIDDLE AGES The problems caused by poor conditions in towns.
  • 22 THE BLACK DEATH 1348-9 Students examine causes and cures for bubonic plague.
  • 24 THE RENAISSANCE 1500-1700 Students examine new knowledge, ideas and technology from the period.
  • 26 SYDENHAM AND PARACELSUS Students look at their contribution to medical knowledge.
  • 28 VESALIUS, PARE AND HARVEY Students look at their achievements in medicine.
  • 30 17TH-CENTURY CHOICE Students examine what kind of practitioners were available.
  • 32 SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTION: JENNER Students examine how vaccination was discovered and made popular.
  • 34 PASTEUR, KOCH AND GERM THEORY Students examine how each of these scientists contributed to the germ theory.
  • 36 DEVELOPMENTS IN SURGERY: ANAESTHETICS Students discover how anaesthetics helped surgery to advance.
  • 38 LISTER AND ANTISEPTIC SURGERY Students examine how antiseptic surgery helped surgery to advance.
  • 40 NIGHTINGALE AND SEACOLE Students compare the contribution of two nurses during the Crimean war.
  • 42 19TH-CENTURY PUBLIC HEALTH Students examine health problems caused by the poor conditions in towns.
  • 44 PUBLIC HEALTH REFORM Students explore how and why towns were improved in the 19th century.
  • 46 HIGH TECHNOLOGY MEDICINE Students find out about the development of 'Magic Bullets' in the 20th century.
  • 48 PENICILLIN Students explore the role of the men who discovered and developed penicillin.
  • 50 HI-TECH SURGERY Students examine the problems facing surgeons today.
  • 52 20TH-CENTURY HEALTH CARE How governments have tried to help improve the health of people of Britain.
  • 54 FOR AND AGAINST THE NHS Students examine why the NHS started and early opposition to it.
  • 56 HEALTH FOR ALL? Students explore world health in the 20th century.
  • 58 PATTERNS OF CHANGE Students revise factors affecting the rate of change in medicine.
  • 60 FACTORS OF CHANGE Students revise factors that caused change in medicine.

Additional Resources: Online Assessment

Preview tests forThe Black Death delivered via our Yacapaca assessment system. This test is part of a larger assessment resource which can be found here



Not relevant to the new specification which has been around since before the pandemic.
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Some excellent lessons and resources to expand on pupils' learning and understanding of Health and Medicine through the various Historical periods studied.
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