History KS3 / GCSE: Lister and Simpson

An engaging animated summary of the work of two medical pioneers, Joseph Lister and James Simpson.

Using authentic archival illustrations and images together with stories which perfectly illustrate the process of experimentation of the two scientists, this summary highlights their breakthrough discoveries on treating pain and infection.

Chloroform and carbolic acid are highlighted in context of medical progress whilst recognising their drawbacks and opposition.

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

This is from the series: Medicine through time

Teacher Notes

This could be used to ask students to discuss the importance of Simpson and Lister’s new techniques, but also understand why they were still challenged.

Why did doctors not like initially using carbolic acid?

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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