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In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the approach to medicine was vastly different from today. Health is now recognised, at least in most European countries, as a universal right, but what was it like in the past? How did social and political boundaries affect access to treatment, and what were the treatments of the day? This course, The history of medicine: A Scottish perspective, examines how Scottish healthcare institutions were influenced by these underlying social, economic, political and cultural contexts.


This course presents information about how Scottish healthcare institutions were influenced by the underlying social, economic, political and cultural contexts. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, a series of innovative models of the body was produced, from the mechanical to the mathematical to the sensible. As the groundbreaking anatomical investigation and physiological experimentation were carried out, the map of the body changed, and different parts (vessels, glands, nerves) acquired visibility and became the focus of much research.

Learning Outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:
  • Assess the specific problems concerning the health of a community
  • Describe how medical knowledge was a resource for, and was shaped by, broader cultural perceptions of the body.

Course Curriculum

    • Policies of Health: Diseases, Poverty and Hospitals 04:00:00
    • Old and New Models of the Body 05:00:00
    • Conclusion 01:00:00

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