History KS3 / GCSE: Chadwick and Snow

An engaging animated summary of the work of medical pioneers, Edwin Chadwick & John Snow.

This animation outlines the pioneering work these two social reformers undertook to improve public health.

It breaks down the series of events that led to better understanding of how poverty and poor living conditions linked to poor health and disease.

We see how from identifying an issue, to hypothesis, research and observation both pioneers used detailed evidence and investigation to challenge old theories.

Using authentic archival illustrations and images alongside the quick pace and irreverent tone of narrator Duncan Wisbe.

This film immerses pupils in 19th century Soho and the stomach-churning conditions of London at the time.

This is from the series: Medicine through time

Teacher Notes

Pupils could be asked to identify the different stages of Snow’s investigation, and how he came to his conclusion.

They could be shown Snow’s map of the area, and compare this to Soho today.

Pupils could investigate why are these pioneers paired up in this film? What linked them (better sanitation and improving public health), but what separates them (social reform vs. scientific investigation and beliefs in miasma).

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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History KS3 / GCSE: Vesalius, Paré and Harvey
History KS3 / GCSE: 19th Century Medicine
History KS3 / GCSE: Medieval Medicine
History KS3 / GCSE: Fleming, Florey and Chain
History KS3 / GCSE: 18th Century Medicine
History KS3 / GCSE: Modern Medicine