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Discover the ways in which medicine has developed from early man through to the modern day. You will find examples of pitiful conditions for humans to live in; treatments that are almost laughable and discoveries that simply make you think ‘wow’. Medical history plays a huge part in the life of everybody. It impacts on us all on an almost daily basis. Ideas come and go, treatments are adapted or disappear. Medicine though, continues to dominate societies across the globe. Use the menus above to find the resources that you are looking for, or search through different periods of time using the menu below.

This site will be added to on a regular basis. The history of medicine covers far more than can be catered for in full. Particular focus will be given to people, places and developments that link to examination courses for History students in the UK, particularly GCSE History (SHP). The blog will note updates, as will our newsletter and facebook page.

Prehistoric MedicinePrehistoric Medicine

Read about early forms of surgery, spiritual belief and the types of evidence that prehistory has left us to explore.
Ancient Egyptian Medicine

Ancient Egyptian Medicine

Find out about the ways that the Pharoah's and their subjects recorded and developed medicine and the role of the mummy!
Ancient Greek Medicine

Ancient Greek Medicine

The birth of medicine as we know it? An ancient revolution in medical thinking.
Medicine in the Roman Empire

Medicine in the Roman Empire

What did the Romans ever do for us? Quite a lot! Read here to find out more.
Medieval Medicine

Medieval Medicine

A time of great upheaval and war but at what cost to the development of medicine? Click to find out.
Medicine in the Renaissance

Medicine in the Renaissance

Rebels with a cause. A revolution in scientific thinking and methodology that went totally against the rules. The medical consequences were huge.
The Fight against Infectious DiseaseThe Fight against Infectious Disease

Discover how killer diseases have been overcome over time and what is being done to prevent them today.
Public Health in the Industrial RevolutionPublic Health in the Industrial Revolution.


Dirt, disease and death. The battle to overcome squalor in the Industrial age.
Medicine in the Modern World c1900 to present

NHS history
Medicine in the Modern World c1900 to present

Develop your understanding of the way that medicine and public health has changed in recent times.

Teachers’ Resources on the History of Medicine are being added to the site on a regular basis. We currently provide a selection of worksheets, starter activities, active learning exercises and interactive online lessons. In the coming weeks there will be powerpoint presentation, full lesson packs and a full audio-visual resource section. These medicine through time teachers’ resources are written by experienced teachers. We have written on the subject for publishing houses, The Historical Association and for journals. Our authors have experience of working with examination boards and have taught the full ability range across Secondary schools. We also have authors who have taught at Primary level so if you are covering a medicine related topic and would like to request an age appropriate resource, please do get in touch.

Training for Medicine through time

Medicinethroughtime.co.uk can put colleagues in touch with experienced training providers. They can provide subject specific guidance on developing learners understanding of key issues. Trainers can aid teachers in acquiring the subject knowledge required to teach this unit. Our recommended consultants are also experienced in delivering high quality teaching and learning courses targeted at a variety of learning issues.

Artefacts and Living History

Do you like to use artefacts or period specialist actors in your lessons? Through our work at historical sites and with publishing houses we have build up a network of people who we are happy to recommend. Artefacts can often be sourced at very reasonable prices, even on tight departmental budgets. Visiting costumed specialists that we recommend have years of experience and bring a vast array of materials with them. Most of these specialists have teaching experience. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to be put in contact with any of these providers.