This series covers
over 2000 years of medical history and draws on a vast range
of original sources from diaries, medical journals and stage
satires to shed light on the experiences of physicians, surgeons,
nurses and patients. From classical beliefs about illness
that would dominate medical thinking for centuries, through
to the rise of the great hospitals and the work of the Renaissance
anatomists, this fascinating and entertaining series reveals
how, in the early 19th Century, modern scientific medicine
was born out of a medical "Big Bang" erupting from
the white heat of the French Revolution, which would lead
to clinical medicine as we know it today...
Making of Modern Medicine charts the development of Western
medicine and healing from the ancient Greeks to the pioneering
organ transplant operations of the 20th Century and beyond.
Spread over six CDs, the series covers everything you could
ever wish to know (and more than a handful of horrific things
you could probably do without knowing) about the history of
of the six CDs contains five episodes from the series. There's
more than a few eye-opening facts, and it really is a wonder
that the science of medicine has come as far as it has - especially
when you take it back to its beginnings and learn how plain
barbaric some of the practices were.
of the more interesting aspects looks back at the crude origins
of an early form of plastic surgery. Here noses, lips and
eyelids could all be replaced by removing skin from other
parts of the body. While we think of it as a more recent addition
to medicine, it was in fact practised much earlier - the main
subjects were the victims of duels.
and presented by Andrew Cunningham, an authority on social
and scientific medical history, it includes a wide variety
of highly illustrative extracts read by acclaimed actors including
Tamsin Greig, Annette Badland, David Rintoul and Peter Capaldi.
you're interested in what it was like to be ill in earlier
times, the emergence of women in medicine, the advent of the
stethoscope, or the development of antibiotic treatment, this
series offers an entertaining and thought-provoking insight
into these and many other medical issues.
interesting and well researched examination of the history
of one of the most important cornerstones of our culture.