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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 Credit: 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 Credit: Dakkar78 under CC-BY-NC licence
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 Credit: celerrimus via Flickr
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 Credit: Jerry Evans under CC-BY-SA licence
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.

Birth of the welfare state

Birth of the welfare state Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 03 Aug 2006
It was not until after the Second World War that the British Welfare state took its mature form. In a climate of relief after the war, a climate...

Health Care Options in Renaissance Florence

Health Care Options in Renaissance Florence Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Sep 2005
For the Rennaissance Italian patient here was a vast array of health care options because the practice of medicine was not seen as an exclusively...

Medical knowledge and beliefs in Renaissance Italy

Medical knowledge and beliefs in Renaissance Italy Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Sep 2005
Although medical services were widely provided, they relied on a second century view of how the body worked.

Medicine in 14th Century Venice

Medicine in 14th Century Venice Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 01 Sep 2005
Treatments were made from a variety of ingredients, both herbal and mineral. John Henderson has found evidence that treatment of the soul was as...

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

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Health, disease and society: Scottish influence in the 19th century Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 06 Nov 2013
This unit examines the role that Scots played in contributing to the developments in healthcare during the nineteenth century. The radical...

The history of medicine: A Scottish perspective

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The history of medicine: A Scottish perspective Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
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 health care

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Medicine transformed: On access to health care Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
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...