As you all know, the trick with teaching this course is to marry a strong contextual knowledge with an understanding of the various factors that had a positive and a negative impact on change. Concepts of progress and regress need to be looked at over varying lengths of time. So, with the lessons. Many will be depth studies, especially those on Public Health, but there are also some which cover spans of hundreds of years.  Because this topic has been taught in to the 14-16 age range for over 30 years now, there is no shortage of  source material in the books. Much of it is very repetitive though. This site aims to bring a fresh approach and some  fresh images too.


1. Great new resource on Smallpox Through Time produced by Andrew Chater on It comprises 13 modules covering the story of smallpox from ancient times to the present day. Have look at the Jenner section. Great!

2. The Science Museum’s Brought to Life: Exploring the History of Medicine. Using the profits from the drug company he founded, Sir Henry Wellcome collected around one million items, first exhibited in in 1913. 100,000 of them are

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