Health and Medicine in Modern Britain (HISM205)

30 credits

This module will study the changing features of disease, health, and medical care from the mid-nineteenth century through to the late twentieth century. The first half of the course will explore major themes within the history of modern medicine: the `epidemiological transition' from acute infectious to chronic degenerative diseases; the emergence of the modern medical profession; the creation of the NHS; and the relationship between war and medicine. The second half of the course will then focus on specific topics (such as disability, human experimentation, allergy, abortion, transplantation, and others) in order to analyse the politics and practice of medicine in the modern world. In addition to introducing students to the main developments in modern health care, this module also examines a wide variety of sources and explores central methodological issues relating to researching and writing the history of medicine.