20th Century Medicine

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Objects that illustrate how medical practices changed across the twentieth century, particularly influenced by Nottingham company Boots. Resource contains information about the changing use of medicines, activities and information card for each item.

Box includes: ‘Violet Ray’ device; 1920s ceramic inhaler; historical domestic medical products,; 1940s nasal irrigator; Victorian chemist’s pill-making machine; 1930s ear and enema syringes; Victorian pill boxes; leech tube; 1930s medical literature and a poison bottle.

Resource meets National Curriculum requirements in History –

KS1 Changes in living memory

KS2 An aspect or theme in British history that extends chronological knowledge before 1066. Local history study

KS3 Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world: 1901 to the present day

Activity pack meets National Curriculum requirement for English, Art and Design, Geography and Drama, Key Stage 1 – 3.

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