Medicine through time

Medicine through time – blog for teachers and learners of medicine through time

Skull showing evidence of Trepanation

Trepanning is an early form of surgery on the head. It is believed that Trepanning was intended to release evil spirits from the head. Trepanning involved cutting a circular hole into the skull.   Image Source: Reproduced under a Creative …Read more »


Injections have been a key component in medical treatment for several hundred years. They are used to administer drugs quickly into the blood stream and are a ‘must’ for many people. We’ve used them for vaccinations, pain relief and for …Read more »

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The image below is a postcard from Russia in the First World War. It depicts Red Cross nurses being shot by soldiers.   The image is part of the US National Library of Medicine collection. The archive entry simply describes …Read more »

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Skull showing evidence of Trepanation

The History of Medicine in 100 objects. Starting after the Easter holidays the blog will be featuring a special series of posts based around 100 objects that have helped to shape the development of Medicine through time. A taster post …Read more »


      Images from the History of Medicine. A small but interesting set of images relating to the History of Medicine. The majority of the images in this set relate to surgery and anatomy.     Click here to …Read more »

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Danny Birchall, Digital Manager at the Wellcome Trust has written a great abstract about a series of galleries that the Trust created as part of the Medical London project. The Wellcome Trust undertook a Medical London project that has resulted …Read more »

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Winky the Watchman

Public Information Broadcasts and footage from Film Archives provide a great audio-visual aide to learning about many aspects of Medicine in the Twentieth Century.  One such archive that I’ve discovered recently is the Moving Image archive held by the National …Read more »

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Koch's Postulates

Koch’s Postulates are four criteria that determine the relationship between a disease and a microbe. Robert Koch developed this idea in the 1880′s as a result of experimentation. They form the basis for modern Bacteriology.  Koch’s postulates are: The microorganism …Read more »

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Circulating Now is part of the US National Library of Medicine website. As the name suggests, it is a section that focusses on things that are topical, or popular at the moment.  Delivered in the form of a regularly updated …Read more »

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Bizarre 18th Century Surgery. Alpha History have a section dedicated to weird History. It’s often hilarious and is well worth a read. This particular story is one that made me both wince and laugh at – try doing that at …Read more »

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