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CLIP 3299

Why did surgery become important to medicine?

Why did surgery become important to medicine?
Key Info
  • Why did surgery become important to medicine?
  • Duration: 01:59
  • Surgery has existed for thousands of years but was avoided as patients often died as a result. In emergencies, there were procedures to cut off a body part or relieve pressure from the skull. More common was bleeding in order to balance the humors, along with advice about people's diet, work and home. But by 1840 thinking had changed: surgery took over as the best answer for medical problems.
  • Credits: North West Film Archive, British Movietone News, Reuters, Huntley Film Archives
  • Subject:



    Medicine Through Time

  • Keywords: medicine through time, health, surgery, humors, bleeding, amputation
Ideas for use in class
  • Would best be used to help pose a puzzle for the students: show the clip and ask them 'Why would ideas about surgery change in 1840?'
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 4x3

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