Teachers’ Resources on the History of Medicine

Teachers resources

Our teachers resources for Medicine Through Time. Sorted in chronological order with general lesson materials added at the foot of the list. Tasks include packs of starter activities, online lessons, worksheets and audio-visual resources. Where possible the resources make use of artwork that is pertinent to the study of medicine through time. Our learning materials are generally speaking hosted on the TES Resources website. There is a combination of free and premium resources. New resources are being added regularly and we welcome requests.

Forthcoming resources include:

The Development of Surgery
Paul Ehrlich and the invention of Chemotherapy
Chasing King Cholera: John Snow and the Broad Street Pump

Medicine Through Time Teachers’ Resources

Attitudes towards medicine in Ancient EygptEgyptian Medicine ResourcesAttitudes towards medicine in Ancient Eygpt

Online activity that uses sources from the ancient world to explore the impact of religious beliefs on medical practice.
Cult of Asclepius Cult of Asclepius ResourcesCult of Asclepius

A decision making exercise that places the learner in the heart of the Greek world.
Theory of the Four HumoursTheory of the Four Humours

A series of explanations and activities that develop an understanding of this important idea.
Change and Continuity in the Ancient World
Teachers resource ancient medicine
Change and Continuity in the Ancient World

Interactive exercise that revises knowledge and understanding of the key changes and continuities over key ancient civilisations.
Galen and Roman MedicineGalen and Roman Medicine

Explore Galen's influence on medicine in the Roman world.
Medical Monopoly A revision game based on Medicine in the Ancient WorldMedical Monopoly

A revision game based on Medicine in the Ancient World
Medieval Medicine An Active Learning exercise Medieval Medicine

An Active Learning exercise providing a breadth of knowledge of medicine in the Middle Ages
Medieval Medicine Medieval Medicine

An aid for researching a variety of aspects of medical practice and beliefs during the Middle Ages.
Impact of the Black Death Black Death Teaching ResourceImpact of the Black Death

Card sort exercise on the impact of the Black Death. Includes extension activities.

Created by Roy Huggins
Islamic Medicine: A mindmapping exerciseResource on Islamic MedicineIslamic Medicine: A mindmapping exercise

Designed to develop learners revision skills whilst building up their knowledge and understanding of developments in the early islamic empire.
Islamic Medicine Lesson Pack Assessment for learning activityIslamic Medicine - Teaching ResourcesIslamic Medicine Lesson Pack.

Assessment for learning activity using a number of sources.
Medicine in the Renaissance Medicine in the RenaissanceMedicine in the Renaissance

These resources are for GCSE Medicine Through Time teachers. The pack contains an overview of the main charecteristics of the period and the way in which Medicine developed at the time.
William HarveyWilliam Harvey

Activity Sheets that explore the importance of previous work in enabling Harvey's most significant findings.
Andreas VesaliusVesalius Teaching ResourceAndreas Vesalius

Background information and questions to check knowledge.
Research and revision grids: the RenaissanceMedicine in the Renaissance - Teaching Resource
Research and revision grids: the Renaissance

Research grids and timeline tasks for the Renaissance period.
The Great Plague, an Investigation. Great Plague 1666 Teaching ResourceThe Great Plague, an Investigation.

Data rich investigation into the spread of the Great Plague of 1666. Makes use of contemporary accounts, data and illustrations.
Edward Jenner: Vaccinations and Smallpox.

Edward Jenner and Smallpox
Edward Jenner: Vaccinations and Smallpox.

Online Lesson.

How did Edward Jenner discover a vaccine against the deadly disease Smallpox? How did people react to the idea of vaccination? Find out here.
Public Health or Pasteur?Public Health or Pasteur?

Interactive lesson from the Dynamic Learning package that I co-authored for Hodder Murray.
King Cholera: John Snow and the Cholera outbreak of 1854Cholera Teaching ResourceKing Cholera: John Snow and the Cholera outbreak of 1854

Outline of a lesson with links to external resources (source material and audio visual). Easy to adapt for your own classroom.
How safe were 19th century hospitals?How safe were 19th century hospitals?

An investigation making use of a selection of external resources.
Public Health through the agesVaccinations - Teaching ResourcePublic Health through the ages

An active learning lesson written with Adam Henson and myself. Edited by Ian Dawson and hosted externally on his site.
The Fight against Infectious DiseaseThe Fight against Infectious Disease

Information sheet with accompanying literacy tasks.
Starter Activities for Medicine through TimeStarter Activities for Medicine through Time

A collection of starter activities and 'bell tasks' relating to medicine through time.
Flash Card Revision Activity

Flash Card Revision Activity

A fun but proven way of improving recall of knowledge. This resource can be used in a number of different ways from engaging starter / plenary sessions to use as revision flash cards.

Resource by Roy Huggins.
Card Sort and Top Trumps Revision Activity

Edward Jenner and Smallpox
Card Sort and Top Trumps Revision Activity

Simple but effective revision activities that can be used over and over again.

By Roy Huggins.

Recommended external teaching resources

Audio-visual materials that I have come across or use are listed on this page.

Galen’s influence (Online lesson, requires flash) External link to a very
good online lesson hosted on historystuff.co.uk

Public Health and housing. (Online activities, external link) An excellent
series of 5 source based tasks created by the Manuscripts and specials
collections team at the University of Nottingham.

Public Health / Industrial Revolution. (Online activities, exteral link)
A series of online activities provided by Mr Walker on educationforum.co.uk.

Florence Nightingale - Teachers' Resources about medicine through time
Florence Nightingale

Developments in Surgery. (MS Word) An introductory activity on surgery asking pupils
to think about the problems faced by surgeons at the time and the methods
of dealing with them that were available at the time.

Surgery in the 19th Century. (MS Powerpoint). Overview of developments in
Surgical technique.

Simulating 19th century surgery. External link to an excellent active learning
lesson devised by Andy Harmsworth.

Surgery in the 19th Century

Medicine history – Teaching material in a variety of formats to download from Teachable.net.

Military medicine through time (Online lesson, requires flash) External link
to the NOVA Science programme interactivity on the history of military

Revision Booklet. (MS Word) A simple enough idea. Pupils complete biographies
of key individuals in the history of medicine as homework activities over
the course. This can then be used as part of their revision for the exams.

Have you got a Medicine Through Time teaching activity, worksheet, presentation or video that you would like to share with colleagues? Contact us with details and a short blurb.