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OpenLearn Live: 7th July 2016

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Updated 07 Jul 2016
Why an oxide that makes us giggle is no laughing matter; more Brexit viewpoints. Free learning from across the day.

A 19th century autopsy unmasks a poisoner

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Jun 2016
14 physicians gather at a graveside to untangle a tale of American settlers, poison, weak alibis, murder and suicide.

Florence Nightingale on what makes a good nurse

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Jun 2016
In the 1881 letter to trainee nurses at St Thomas' Hospital, Florence Nightingale outlines what she believes makes a good nurse - a woman without ...

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

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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

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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?

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The history of medicine: A Scottish perspective

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Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the approach to medicine was vastly different from today. Health is now recognised, at least in most...

Medicine transformed: on access to healthcare

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
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...

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...