History of Medicine

Plague Doctor, 14th Century during the Black Death

Here’s an interactive timeline from the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) that helps you examine how attitudes, beliefs and practices regarding medicine developed through time. Always nice to know how the tablet you take for a headache today could have meant a hole driven into your skull in prehistoric remedy.

Study the timeline and ask yourself:
How did social context and changes inform the way medicine was practiced during the different time periods? What implications does this have for your beliefs about ‘science’ in general today?

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