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Course outline and lesson plan for History
In this unit pupils will investigate various epidemics of infectious diseases that devastated the Scottish population in the 19th and 20th centuries.hey will examine the causes of these diseases, the impact on society and the solutions sought to eradicate them. This unit will focus on local examples and case studies.
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The account of an apprentice chimney sweep from Glasgow, which comes from the evidence given to an enquiry into his death
Dr John Sutherland was a physician and promoter of sanitary science. In 1848 he became an inspector under the first Board of Health for the city and conducted several special enquiries. His description of Glasgow demonstrates in detail why cholera spread so quickly after the outbreaks in 1832 and 1848. These are some extracts:
John Simon was the first Medical Officer of Health for the city of London. He was appointed in 1848 to deal with the threat of cholera and other public health issues. Below are some extracts from his annual reports. They highlight the main public health problems facing London in the 19th century and his suggestions as to how they might be tackled.
Dr Laura Kelly from the University of Strathclyde describes the struggles women have had in entering the medical preofession over the past 200 years.
Dr Linsey Robb from the University of Strathclyde explains how civilian casualties were transported and treated in Britain during the Second World War.
A line graph and bar chart depicting the population growth in Glasgow in the 19th century, in relation to the spread of infectious diseases.
Two graphs depicting the number of cholera cases reported in London and Scotland by November 1848.
World War II was a time when huge advances were made in medicine and these medical advances were a direct response to new weapons that had been developed between 1939 and 1945 and a natural advance in knowledge that would be expected as time progressed.
This website guides students through the medical problems created during the Second World War and the efforts that were made to overcome them, including the development of the antibiotic drug penicillin.
Article by Michael Mosley on the impact of warfare on the development of modern medicine. This focuses specifically on a hospital at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan, a unit at the forefront of the development of trauma surgery. A video depicts the work of the British and American surgeons who work here and their efforts to treat battle casualties.
A website created by the Science Museum in London which introduces students to the major themes of war and medicine such as the role of docros and other medical professionals in wartime, efforts to combat contagious diseases among military populations, and the destruction caused by new types of weapons. The website also charts the development of medicine in warfare from the First Wolrd War to Vietnam.
A guide to the history of war and medicine created by the Wellcome Library, including videos, images and peronsal recollections.
The historian Mike Jay presents on the Cholera epidemic in London in 1854 and the work of John Snow on the Broad Street pump.
This film shows scenes of NHS services, including an operating theatre, dentist and x-ray. The narrator explains that since the beginning of the NHS in 1948, these services have been available to everyone in Britain.
Credit: Wellcome Library, London
The film reviews Scotland's various hospitals, part of the new National Health Service at the time. Three hospitals and their specialised departments are shown, and the narrator explains the new NHS system and the work it does.
Credit: Wellcome Library London
This BBC radio 4 programme explores the causes and effects of disease, particularly of cholera in 19th century Britain.
The Glasgow Story is a collection of material from some of Scotland's best writers, and illustrated with thousands of images from the collections of the city's world-famous libraries, museums and universities. The link to the following pages explores the impact on Glasgow of Irish immigration and its effects upon public health.
Website explaining the effect of industrialisation and urbanisation on health in Glasgow during the Victorian period. It highlights the cholera epidemics of 1832 and 1848 and the rise of public health as a response to the problem of disease.
The Glasgow Scavengers were employed by the Cleansing Department of the Police Commission to manage the streets of the city. This is an article from the North British Daily Mail, highlighting the work of of the Scavengers, published on 4 December 1869.
John Frederic Bateman was the engineer for the Loch Katrine water project. These are some extracts from a speech that he made to a meeting of engineers and scientists in Aberdeen in September 1859