History of Medicine

Ref: C2338883

The course will explore key individuals whose advances revolutionised our understanding of disease and surgery. Edward Jenner’s battle against smallpox and other doctors with the development of the first vaccine. Pasteur and Koch’s work on the germ theory of disease and the huge advances made in surgery by Simpson and Lister. John Snow’s battle with the authorities to stop the spread of cholera will also be studied alongside Florence Nightingale’s struggles with the army to save the wounded and ill during the Crimean war.

Course aim

Key Turning Points in the History of Medicine – from Cowpox to Chloroform

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • 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:

  • Recognise and name key individuals who contributed to significant progress in medicine
  • Explain the key factors that have caused major changes in medicine
  • Analyse key ideas with other students and challenge assumptions about progress

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

Download full course outline

History of Medicine Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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