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Ancient Greek approaches to health and medicine
Ancient Greek approaches to health and medicine

Duration: 02:15

A brief overview of Ancient Greek approaches to health - from praying to the gods to the use of herbal remedies.

 
Ancient Greek medicine, 800 BC-400 BC
Ancient Greek medicine, 800 BC-400 BC

Duration: 04:36

Using contemporary artefacts, this film explores Ancient Greek attitudes to illness.

 
Andreas Vesalius
Andreas Vesalius

Duration: 04:39

A short drama about the work of the anatomist Vesalius in the 1500s.

 
Challenges to the use of surgery as a cure
Challenges to the use of surgery as a cure

Duration: 03:25

The declining use of surgery in the later 20th century as a cure for illness, and the rise of research and development into curative medicines.

 
Christianity and the re-emergence of Galen's ideas
Christianity and the re-emergence of Galen's ideas

Duration: 04:15

A narrative about the re-emergence of Galen's ideas in the West, owing in part to the work of Christian monks translating ancient texts.

 
Did the First World War help or hinder medicine? (pt 1/2)
Did the First World War help or hinder medicine? (pt 1/2)

Duration: 02:59

The impact of the First World War on medicine, focusing on the negative impact of war.

 
Did the First World War help or hinder medicine? (pt 2/2)
Did the First World War help or hinder medicine? (pt 2/2)

Duration: 04:33

The conflicting opinions of the impact of the First World War on medicine. The film considers the 'official' government view against the experiences of the medics on the Front Line.

 
From Medieval to Renaissance medicine
From Medieval to Renaissance medicine

Duration: 03:37

Changes in medicine between the medieval and Renaissance periods.

 
Hippocratic medicine, 400 BC
Hippocratic medicine, 400 BC

Duration: 03:17

The Hippocratic corpus and its views of how to treat ill health.

 
Shellshock (pt 2/3)
Shellshock (pt 2/3)

Duration: 03:48

A dramatisation of First World War soldiers and doctors suffering from or discussing shellshock.

 
Surgery in the 19th Century
Surgery in the 19th Century

Duration: 03:16

Using original footage and images, the film charts some of major surgical developments in the 19th century.

 
Surgery of the future
Surgery of the future

Duration: 04:26

The development of key hole surgery and 'What next?'

 
The impact of war on medical care in the 1900s
The impact of war on medical care in the 1900s

Duration: 03:13

A range of medical developments brought about by war.

 
The rise of Vesalius
The rise of Vesalius

Duration: 02:59

A mix of dramatisation and picture sources to show how Andreas Vesalius challenged traditional medical teaching and knowledge.

 
The story of Galen in the Roman period
The story of Galen in the Roman period

Duration: 05:04

A dramatisation of the Roman doctor Galen talking about his work and achievements.

 
The survival of Galen's ideas
The survival of Galen's ideas

Duration: 02:06

How did Galen's ideas survive after the fall of the Roman Empire? The film shows the importance of the Arabic east in preserving his work.

 
When did science change ordinary medicine? (pt 1/2)
When did science change ordinary medicine? (pt 1/2)

Duration: 03:34

A narrative overview of the practice of medicine up until the 19th century, including the role of herbal medicine, religion and magic.

 
When did science change ordinary medicine? (pt 2/2)
When did science change ordinary medicine? (pt 2/2)

Duration: 03:30

Quack doctors in 16th century Britain and the role women played in family medicine.

 
Why did surgery become important to medicine?
Why did surgery become important to medicine?

Duration: 01:59

Surgery was not common until the 1800s - early surgery was very rare and medicine was the most common way to treat illness.

 
Why did surgery become more common in the 1800s?
Why did surgery become more common in the 1800s?

Duration: 04:48

An explanation of how and why surgery became increasingly popular during the 19th century.

 
Why does the Government today care about people's health?
Why does the Government today care about people's health?

Duration: 01:07

News reports from recent history to demonstrate government involvement in public health.

 
William Harvey's discoveries
William Harvey's discoveries

Duration: 03:59

William Harvey used scientific experiments to challenge ideas and knowledge about the body. Some of his experiments are reenacted here, involving body parts and blood.

 

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