Medical Marvels: Disease and Cure in 20th Century Britain

From typhus and smallpox to brain scans and heart transplants, medicine advanced in leaps and bounds in just 100 years. This course touches on some of the most miraculous medical advancements of the 20th century, such as antibiotics, vaccinations and the establishment of our modern healthcare system.

Featuring subject matter expert

Elizabeth Clarey
Elizabeth Clarey

Public Health Specialist

Elizabeth has 13 years of experience working in public health and health education. She graduated from the CUNY Hunter College School of Public Health in New York City with a Master's degree in Community Health Education.

What risks are associated with vaccination?

Any ingredients that are in vaccines are in such small amounts that they rarely ever cause any kind of adverse effect. In fact, Dr. Sanjay Gupta famously said that you are 100 times more likely to get hit by lightning than to have an adverse reaction to a measles vaccine.

Course Overview

  • Consider how the discovery of antibiotics significantly decreased deaths from infection and disease, and made far more complex surgical procedures possible.
  • Delve into the world of infectious disease prior to the 20th century, when epidemics were rampant throughout Britain and the world.
  • Learn how the world wars created an urgent need for improved medical technology, triggering the development of many crucial medical advancements.
  • Appreciate how the establishment of the National Health Service marked a seminal improvement in public access to healthcare and the health of the British population.
Course content
  • 8 Full HD Video Lectures
  • Downloadable Course Handouts
  • Knowledge Assessment Quiz
  • Interactive Group Discussion Task
  • Q&A Session with a Subject Matter Expert
  • Certificate of Achievement





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