A History of Medicine: 20th Century

Ref: C2337238

The course will pick up from an earlier course and examine key 20th Century developments in medical knowledge. The advances made in the two world wars; the development of penicillin; the ground breaking Beveridge Report of 1942 and lastly the creation of the National Health Service.

Additional information about this course

Major Turning Points in 20th C Medicine,from Bullets to Beveridge.

Course aim

The course will pick up from an earlier course and examine key 20th Century developments in medical knowledge. The advances made in the two world wars; the development of penicillin; the ground breaking Beveridge Report of 1942 and lastly the creation of the National Health Service.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

• The impact of World War 1 and 2 on medicine: plastic surgery, blood transfusion and storage, X-rays • The Penicillin story • The Beveridge Report of 1942 • The creation of the National Health Service The above topics mark key turning points in the History of 20th Century Medicine where rapid progress was made in surgery and the treatment and prevention of disease.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

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

1. Know about key individuals who contributed to significant progress in medicine 2. Understand the key factors that have caused major changes in medicine 3. Be able to share ideas with other students and challenge assumptions about progress 4.

How will I know I'm making progress?

• Improved knowledge and understanding of the key turning points being studied and their connectivity • Willingness to undertake further research to enhance understanding • Enjoyment of the course and desire to learn more about more recent turning points leading to an evolving NHS and a debate about health issues.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

• A desire to learn about the topics being studied • A willingness to share ideas and contribute within a mutually supportive environment • Pen, paper or recording equipment

Reading and information sources

Reference books • Blood and Guts – A History of Surgery by M Mosley and R. Hollingham • Medicine’s Strangest Cases by M. O’Donnell • Kill or Cure – An Illustrated History of Medicine by S. Parker • The History of Medicine – A very short introduction by W. Bynum • Medical Investigations – C. Shepherd and R. Rees Websites • www.sciencemuseum.org.uk • www.medicinethroughtime.co.uk • www.medicalmuseums.org

What could the course lead to?

• An improved understanding of Health issues • An essential foundation of understanding to explore the complex political and personal Health choices facing us in the 21st Century.

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A History of Medicine: 20th Century Course Outline

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Conditions

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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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