History KS3 / GCSE: 19th Century Medicine

An engaging animated summary of medical progress in the 19th century.

Authentic archival illustrations and photographs are used to bring this period’s advancements to life.

Narrated by actor and impressionist Duncan Wisbey, the pace is quick and tone irreverent.

The film notes key figures from Louis Pasteur, Robert Koch and Joseph Lister to Florence Nightingale, Elizabeth Garrett, Octavia Hill, William Farr and Edwin Chadwick.

Exploring key events of the period such as the emergence of germ theory, the impact of industrialisation and the Great Stink of 1858.

This film also looks at social reformers, leading the way for cleaner hospitals and improved housing and sanitation, explaining how the increased understanding of medical causes for disease meant more pressure on the government to sort out public health.

This is from the series: Medicine through time

Teacher Notes

This could be used to encourage pupils to investigate how the advancements in germ theory by Pasteur and Koch related to Britain.

Who were the British figures that were translating and championing their theories? (ie. William Dallinger, John Drysdale, John Tyndall, William Cheyne).

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching KS3 and KS4/GCSE History in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4 History in Scotland.

This topic appears in OCR, AQA, WJEC in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA Scotland.

More from Medicine Through Time:

History KS3 / GCSE: Fleming, Florey and Chain
History KS3 / GCSE: Vesalius, Paré and Harvey
History KS3 / GCSE: Pasteur and Koch
History KS3 / GCSE: Lister and Simpson
History KS3 / GCSE: Modern Medicine
History KS3 / GCSE: Chadwick and Snow
History KS3 / GCSE: 16th and 17th Century Medicine
History KS3 / GCSE: Medieval Medicine
History KS3 / GCSE: 18th Century Medicine