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How confident could people be of good care in 19th Century hospitals?

Learning Outcomes:

* To identify the changes that took place in professional medical care in this period.
* To identify the factors which caused the changes eg role of individuals (Florence Nightingale, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, John Hunter), the role of government, the role of the scientific discoveries.

Video: Who was Florence Nightingale?

Video: Who was Mary Seacole?


1: What do you think the main contribution of Nightingale, Seacole and Anderson was? Add your comments to this discussion wall.

2) Florence Nightingale: Knowledge and Understanding task from the National Archives website.

3) Using this page about Mary Seacole and this one about Elizabeth Garret Anderson, create a glog about the role of the two women in improving nursing and hospital care in the 19th century.


The edexcel exemplar scheme of work also mentions John Hunter a well regarded surgeon of the period.





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