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Themes & Topics

Content is organised into themes, covering different aspects of the history of medicine. Each theme gives an overview of developments and four related topics take a more in-depth look. Links to relevant people plus techniques and technologies are linked within the text.

Each theme also has an interactive multimedia and a key object.

To begin exploring, simply choose a theme from the menu on the left.


The themes have been written to support GCSE History, Medicine Through Time, and include factors influencing change and continuity over time.

More information on using this website to support work on the GCSE syllabus can be found in the teachers section.


The themes have been written with undergraduate courses in the history of medicine in mind.

Further reading and relevant external links for further study are included.