Free course

The history of medicine: A Scottish perspective

Free statement of participation on completion

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.

Course learning outcomes

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.