History KS3 / GCSE: Vesalius, Paré and Harvey

An engaging animated summary of the work of medical pioneers Andreas Vesalius, Ambroise Paré and William Harvey.

This film explores each pioneer’s individual work and experimentation which lead to the greater understanding of the human body.

Using rich archive; authentic illustrations and original diagrams this film brings to life the work of these three Renaissance pioneers.

By contextualising Vesalius, Paré and Harvey with the then widely accepted teachings of Galen we see the evolution of ideas on anatomy and physiology and highlight how change occurred in medical thought.

Narrated by actor and impressionist Duncan Wisbey, the pace is quick and tone irreverent, ensuring it is an immersive and useful source for the classroom.

This is from the series: Medicine through time

Teacher Notes

This could be used to encourage pupils to discuss how chance played a role in Paré’s discovery for new treatments on the battlefield.

They could discuss why this period and these pioneers marked a real development in understanding and investigation.

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.

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