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What were Victorian pauper's graves like?

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 30 Nov 2015
An account of a tragedy in a London graveyard gives an insight into the way the poor were buried in 19th Century England.

OpenLearn Live: 6th November 2015

OpenLearn Live: 6th November 2015 Creative commons image Tagishsimon under
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Nov 2015
The dog whose death led to a libel trial - and riots; tshirt ethics; whale suicides. Then more free learning through the day.

Learning about sex, a shilling a time: Aristotle's Masterpiece

Learning about sex, a shilling a time: Aristotle's Masterpiece Copyright free image Copyright free: US National Library of Medicine
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 21 Aug 2015
Not written by that Aristotle, the Masterpiece nevertheless found a huge market desperate for sex education in 18th Century Britain and America.

The Medium is the Message

The Medium is the Message Copyrighted image Copyright: The BBC
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jan 2015
Surgeon Gabriel Weston looks at how medical technology has changed us - and is how we receive messages more important than the message itself? ...

OU on the BBC: Pain, Pus and Poison: The Search For Modern Medicines

OU on the BBC: Pain, Pus and Poison: The Search For Modern Medicines
Introductory level Updated 24 Jan 2014
Pain, Pus and Poison tells the extraordinary story of how mankind learnt to look at the world around him and use it to heal his body

The legacy and impact of Frederick Sanger

The legacy and impact of Frederick Sanger Copyright free image Copyright free: National Library of Medicine
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Nov 2013
Fredrick Sanger was a double Nobel laureate and expert in all things DNA. What impact has his work had on our lives?

115th anniversary of the x-ray

115th anniversary of the x-ray Creative commons image Dakkar78 under CC-BY-NC licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Nov 2010
To mark 115 years of the X-Ray, we explore them inside and out.  

Darwin Now pod 9: Living legacy

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Darwin Now pod 9: Living legacy Creative commons image celerrimus via Flickr under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 08 Dec 2009
Find out how Darwin’s scientific legacy is being carried forward in this year of the bicentenary of his birth.

Medical discoveries in your area

Medical discoveries in your area Creative commons image Jerry Evans under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 26 Jan 2007
Everywhere in Europe has some sort of medical claim to fame. Open University staff around the country share their local heroes.

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Medicine transformed: on access to healthcare

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 02 Sep 2015
Access to healthcare is important to all of us. Did the arrival of state medicine in the twentieth century mean that everyone had access to good...

The history of medicine: A Scottish perspective

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Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 20 Feb 2014
In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the approach to medicine was vastly different from today. Health is now recognised, at least in most...

Health, disease and society: Scottish influence in the 19th century

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Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 20 Feb 2014
This free course, Health, disease and society: Scottish influence in the 19th century, examines the role that Scots played in contributing to the...