A Wellcome Library GCSE learning resource for Medicine
The existence of 'quacks' poses a problem for historians of
medicine: they obviously had some success - or they would
rapidly have gone out of business - yet what they offered had
no perceptible medical benefit. What does this tell us about
attitudes of the time? What does it tell us about medical knowledge
at the time?
Two points are worth making before students attempt the simple
tasks: first, quacks were at their peak in the 18th century. This
was after the Scientific Revolution, when medicine was by no means
Secondly, quacks are still around today. Why?
This is one of several resources, prepared by the Wellcome
Library, and designed to support teachers and learners preparing
for the Schools History Project GCSE course 'Medicine Through Time:
A Development Study'.
The resources are not a course in themselves, but focus on key
concepts and understandings required by the course, supplementing
more commonly used materials. The collection includes some topics
central to the course, items that provide overviews and some topics
that extend the normal range of coverage.
They can be used online or downloaded for whole classes, groups
or individuals as part of a teaching scheme or for self-study. They
are appropriate for candidates of any of the GCSE awarding