Health & Medicine
History of health & medicine. Homework help with early doctors and medicine.
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Ancient Medicine and the History of Medicine
BBC Bitesize: Ancient Medicine Links to Prehistoric medicine, Egyptian medicine, Greek medicine & Roman medicine
BBC Bitesize: Modern Medicine Links for 19th-century medicine, 20th-century medicine.
School History: Medicine through time The History of Medicine through Time. Study the development of surgery, anatomical knowledge and the study of disease.
The Early Doctors
Who was Galen?
BBC Bitesize: The story of Galen in the Roman period Galen lived in Rome, 500 years after the Hippocratic doctors. By treating the Emperor, he became one of the most famous doctors in Rome.
BBC Galen (c.130 AD - c.210 AD) Galen was a physician, writer and philosopher who became the most famous doctor in the Roman Empire and whose theories dominated European medicine for 1,500 years.
Revise History: Ancient Roman Medicine – The Work of Galen Video on the work of Galen.
Who was Hippocrates?
BBC Bitesize: Greek doctors The ground-breaking teachings of Hippocrates were followed closely by the doctors of his time, and have influenced doctors from his day right up to the present.
GCSE History Wiki: About Hippocrates Hippocrates was a Greek physician born in 460 BC on the island of Cos, Greece. He became known as the founder of medicine and was regarded as the greatest physician of his time.
BBC: Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564) Vesalius was a Flemish-born anatomist whose dissections of the human body helped to correct misconceptions dating from ancient times.
Science Museum: Andreas Vesalius (1514-64) Vesalius showed that Galen was wrong on some points of human anatomy, and urged doctors to conduct systematic dissections of human corpses themselves.
Famous Scientists: Andreas Vesalius Vesalius was an anatomy professor at the University of Padua and a physician to Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V.
Wikipedia: Andreas Vesalius An anatomist, physician, and author of one of the most influential books on human anatomy.
BBC Primary History: Florence Nightingale Florence Nightingale went to the Crimean War to nurse wounded soldiers. She and her nurses saved many lives.
BBC Florence Nightingale: Saving lives with statistics Florence Nightingale was so much more than a lady with a lamp. The legend of the saintly nurse has long obscured the truth – that her mathematical genius was what really saved so many lives.
The Florence Nightingale Museum Visit the Florence Nightingale Museum, London, UK
BBC: Alexander Fleming (1881-1955) Fleming was a Scottish bacteriologist and Nobel Prize winner, best known for his discovery of penicillin
Biography.com: Alexander Fleming Fleming discovered a bacteria-destroying mold which he would call penicillin in 1928, paving the way for the use of antibiotics in modern healthcare.
Famous Scientists: Alexander Fleming Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin, whose use has saved untold millions of lives.