The history of medicine during the 20th Century: from bullets to Beveridge

Ref: C2346053

This course is face to face at Long Bennington Village Hall. We will study key individuals and developments during the 20th Century which added to our understanding of disease, surgery and treatment. The important advances made amidst the carnage of two world wars in reconstructive plastic surgery, blood storage and x- ray diagnosis. Ehrlich, Hata and Domagk’s search to find cures for diseases and the development of “magic bullet” drugs. The course will investigate arguably the greatest medical turning point of the 20th Century, the discovery and development of penicillin and also explore the impact of the Beveridge report and the creation of the National Health Service. The course will conclude with the amazing story of the development of the Polio vaccine in America in 1954.

Course aim

To study some key turning points in the History of Medicine during the 20th Century. From Passchendaele to Polio.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • Anyone with an interest in the History of Medicine and the wider historical context.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify key individuals who contributed to significant progress in medicine
  • Explain the key factors that have caused major changes in medicine
  • Share ideas with other students and challenge assumptions about progress
  • Identify the challenges Bevan faced in establishing the NHS and how he overcame them.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

• A desire to learn about the topics being studied • A willingness to share ideas and contribute within a mutually supportive environment

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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The history of medicine during the 20th Century: from bullets to Beveridge

Conditions

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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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