Timelines relating to the History of Medicine

Timelines relating to the history of medicine. These can be used to trace the pace of change (or level of continuity) over time. Learners may find them useful for revision purposes. They are easy to annotate with additional detail, or to highlight for key facts, themes and factors.

Timelines can also be used for learning activities. The events on each timeline can be used in Living Graph exercises to physically assess the significance of inventions and innovations. Events can be cut out and muddled for individuals, groups or whole classes to sort into order. Similarly the dates and events can be seperated to create sorting tasks. Again, these can be done as an active learning exercise to inject energy into a lesson, or via traditional cut, sort and stick.

An interactive timeline created by the Science Museum.

This site provides an overview of the major discoveries and inventions
that have influenced medicine through time.

Wikipedia provide a detailed timeline of medical technology.


Timelines by theme and factor

Religion and beliefs. A selection of examples of the links between medical
practice and religious and spiritual beliefs over time.

Public Health. A selection of examples of Public Health iniatives over time.

War and chance. A selection of examples of the way that war and chance have affected medical
practice over time.


Surgery. An overview of some of the breakthroughs and developments in surgical techniques over

Science, technology and communications. Examples of scientific and technological
changes that have affected medicine.

Discover how the extreme demands of war have driven medical innovation in this
interactive timeline provided by the NHS

Medicine and Medical Technology. Wikipedia timeline of medicine and medical
technology through the ages.


Timelines by period

Greek medicine. A detailed timeline of medicine in Greece.

Interactive timeline of modern medicine.