A Healthy Britain? The Victorians & Medicine in Britain

Ref: C3746936

The Victorians were world leaders in industrial development and much of what we take for granted today was invented and developed by them. In this course we will discover how medicine developed and changed during the nineteenth century. We will explore how the industrial revolution impacted upon the nation's health and what the Victorians did to improve the situation. We shall examine how disease became better understood and what interventions were developed to cure it. The course will investigate how mental health care evolved over the period, how surgery developed into the modern science we take for granted today and how standards of nursing and hospital care developed. We will examine how scientific advances were adopted by the medical profession to improve medical care and how Public Health developed to make Britain a cleaner and healthier place to live. We will finally look at how medical developments impacted upon the wider British Empire during Queen Victoria's reign.

Course aim

To provide an understanding of how medicine developed in the nineteenth century, and how standards of care evolved over the century.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

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

  • discuss how medicine developed and changed in the nineteenth century.
  • explain the impact the industrial revolution had upon health in Britain, both negatively and positively.
  • discuss how British medical practitioners changed how they worked and adopted new methods and technologies to improve medical care.
  • explain how Victorian medical professionals adopted new approaches to mental health.
  • discuss how scientific advances were used to improve public health.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

All the materials that you need for the course will be provided through the WEA's online learning system, Canvas.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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A Healthy Britain? The Victorians & Medicine in Britain


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