A number of resources based on the Collection have been created by 4th Year students at Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry as part of their work on a Medical Humanities Special Study Unit. These can be accessed here
Please note the copyright conditions at the end of the resources, and that some of the content may not be appropriate for younger viewers as it is aimed at 14 to 16 year olds.
An exhibition exploring the changing ways in which the human body has been shown in anatomy was put together for the launch event using examples from the Historic Collection. A version of this can be seen here:
Below are a few images from the Collection to give alternative ideas of how the it could be used to support education. To arrange to see any of the originals see Visiting Us. More images taken from the Historic Collection can be seen through the Search Images link on the main page. If you would like to discuss the Collection or its use in education, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
A picture showing how to amputate a patients arm at the shoulder. When do you think this image might be from, and why?
Images from a book of surgical equipment from 1798. The brass boxes in the left hand picture were ‘scarificators’ used for bleeding a patient. The right hand picture shows portable surgical instruments. The handles of the instruments are made from wood. What do these images tell you about the belief in causes of diseases and how to treat them?
The front page of a book by William Walwyn written in 1681. William Walwyn was very involved in the big political and religious changes of his time, and even spent some time imprisoned in the Tower of London. After this he took up medicine, and was inspired by the work of early chemists. He created a new system of medicine which didn’t use bleeding or purging to treat people. Do you think patients believed it would work better than bleeding? Do you think it caught on, or that people kept using bleeding? What does this tell you about peoples understanding of what caused disease at this time?
The picture on the left is from a book printed in 1684, not long after William Harvey made the very important discovery of the system of circulation of the blood. It shows different views of the heart and the lungs in the human body. The picture below is from just over 100 years later. It shows how the system of circulation works, looking at the simple system of a frog and building up to the human system. What do they show about how well understanding of the human body developed during this time?