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In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the approach to medicine was vastly different from today. Health is now recognised, at least in most European countries, as a universal right, but what was it like in the past? How did social and political boundaries affect access to treatment, and what were the treatments of the day? This free course, The history of medicine: A Scottish perspective, examines how Scottish healthcare institutions were influenced by these underlying social, economic, political and cultural contexts.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- assess the specific problems concerning the health of a community
- describe how medical knowledge was a resource for, and was shaped by, broader cultural perceptions of the body.
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The history of medicine: a Scottish perspective
This course presents information about how Scottish healthcare institutions were influenced by the underlying social, economic, political and cultural contexts.
In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, a series of innovative models of the body was produced, from the mechanical to the mathematical to the sensible. As groundbreaking anatomical investigation and physiological experimentation were carried out, the map of the body changed, and different parts (vessels, glands, nerves) acquired visibility and became the focus of much research.
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This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free History of Medicine courses or view the range of currently available OU History of Medicine courses.
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