In the 17th Century, fevers were the main concern of physicians. Read more
In the 17th Century, fevers were the main concern of physicians.
Learning from the illiterate
Smallpox was taking between 10-15 per cent of all lives in Europe.
The Coming of the GP
The clash between old guard physicians and a new breed of general practitioners.
Anatomy and the Invisible Hand
How did this period come to be known as 'the perfection of anatomy'?
Little Reading, Much Seeing and Much Doing
The French Revolution ushered in new ambition and a new scientific clinical approach.
Systematic post mortems revolutionised the study of disease.
A Long and Ghastly Kitchen
Napoleonic France witnessed Dr Magendie's experiments on live animals.
Changing disease identity
A side effect of progress in medical thinking is that diseases had identities changed.
Sisters of charity
How the nursing profession was transformed thanks to an enterprising Florence Nightingale.
Science Has No Sex
A series exploring over 2,000 years of western medicine, presented by Andrew Cunningham.
Dark side of obstetrics
Andrew discusses the work of Ignaz Semmelweis in Vienna.
A Yankee Dodge
Andrew looks back to the origins of pain relief and how chloroform.
The Disease is its Own Preventative
The story of Louis Pasteur's development of the anti-rabies vaccine in 1885.
Stopping the Rot
History series exploring over 2,000 years of western medicine. 20: Stopping the Rot:.
Culturing the germ theory
How a country doctor from Prussia traced the life cycle of an anthrax bacteria cell.
When bubonic plague broke out in Hong Kong in 1894, European rivalry continued.
The ministry of healing
Needing to consult laboratory workers was seen as a threat to physicians' authority.
Flinging the tropics open to civilisation
What role did European medicine play in spreading European culture across the Empire?
The influence of Florence Nightingale and the sanitarians.
You Are What You Eat
How medics discovered that the absence of a vitamin could be the cause of a disease.
It Looks Like a Miracle
The first antibiotic, penicillin, appeared to be a miracle medicine.
Free at the Point of Need
The National Health Service was set up in 1948 to provide free healthcare for everyone.
Andrew traces the impact of the great polio epidemics and the ethical dilemmas they posed.
In 1967, Christiaan Barnard performed the first heart transplant operation.