History KS3 / GCSE: Modern Medicine

An engaging animated summary of medical progress from the 20th century to the present day, outlining the huge medical breakthroughs that helped develop our understanding of illness today.

Authentic archival photographs and drawings are used to bring these brilliant advancements to life.

The film touches on the pioneering work of Marie Curie, Alexander Fleming, Ernst Chain, Howard Florey, James Watson and Francis Crick.

The summary highlights vital developments in radiology, plastic surgery, the discovery of penicillin, DNA and the formation of the NHS.

Set against the historical context of two world wars, technological advancements, government intervention and the creation of the welfare state this film incorporates the key topics for the syllabus.

It presents the information in a way were pupils are encouraged to find the links between the external factors affecting the population, and the medical breakthroughs it saw.

Narrated by actor and impressionist Duncan Wisbey, the pace is quick and tone irreverent, making it a fun but immersive classroom tool.

This is from the series: Medicine through time

Teacher Notes

This could be used to ask pupils to discuss key factors that combined to change the health of the population in the modern era.

Looking at key individuals, war, chance, and technology (mass production techniques).

As well as the improvements, pupils could note down what problems the 21st century has encountered within healthcare; such as super-bugs like MRSA.

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: Pasteur and Koch
History KS3 / GCSE: Lister and Simpson
History KS3 / GCSE: Fleming, Florey and Chain
History KS3 / GCSE: 19th Century Medicine
History KS3 / GCSE: 16th and 17th Century Medicine
History KS3 / GCSE: Medieval Medicine
History KS3 / GCSE: 18th Century Medicine
History KS3 / GCSE: Chadwick and Snow