Charles Dickens presents a topical chat show about changes to healthcare and medical science during Victorian times. We meet Dr Joseph Lister the pioneer of antiseptic surgery. He talks about the importance of surgery under sterile conditions. Dr Lister argues the requirement for being hygienic when dealing with medical situations. His advice is argued by old fashioned doctor, Dr Guffquat. They both give advice on how they would deal with medical situations.
The class could compare the advice of Dr Guffquat and Dr Lister and then compare this with current hospital hygiene advice. How were ideas about health tested? The children could also research how the causes of cholera, scurvy and rickets were discovered. This could also be a way of introducing important people in medical history such as the life and work of Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole.