History KS2: M is for Medicine

Newsreel and commentary about the advances in medicine made during World War One.

These include pioneering work on X-rays and blood transfusions, which were widely used for the first time during the conflict.

Antiseptic was also used, and research during and after the war eventually led to the development of antibiotics.

However, during World War One, antiseptic medicine was very basic, and even a small injury could sometimes result in infection or death.

Teacher Notes

Pupils could develop a timeline, showing when X-Rays, antibiotics and blood transfusions were first discovered or employed.

They could use a range of information sources, such as books and websites to find out more.

What are the names and life stories of the scientists most closely associated with these developments?

Curriculum Notes

This short film might be useful for teaching history at Key Stage 2 / Second Level or above.

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