History KS3 / GCSE: Medieval Medicine

An engaging animated summary of medical progress through the medieval period.

Using authentic archival illustrations and diagrams this film brings to life the gruesome and bizarre practices that punctuated medical progress throughout the medieval period.

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

After firstly establishing the key figures of Hippocrates and Galen we unpack their theories as well as understanding their impact and legacy.

Key themes that directly affected progress during this period are explored such as the influence of the Church, supernatural thought and early dissection.

These themes, understood in the context of key events; the split of the Roman Empire and the Black Death, immerses students in the GCSE syllabus in an effective and imaginative way.

This is from the series: Medicine through time

Teacher Notes

This could be used to discuss the theories and influence of Hippocrates and Galen throughout the medieval period.

Pupils could investigate the reasons for why the Black Death spread so rapidly.

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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