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The Art of Understanding Us


The Art of Understanding Us

Volunteer Sandra Townsend talks to Richard Barnett; medical historian, author and a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow, about the intriguing history of bio-medical science. Go back five centuries and science simply meant an ordered body of knowledge; so music was seen as a science. Just as alien to us now, perhaps, is that for centuries medicine was known as an art form, much like the art of love or diplomacy. With the explosion of political and industrial revolutions this all changed; medicine left the weight of tradition behind and began to interrogate mother nature’s secrets. Richard brings us up-to-date and continues to surprise us with often humorous tales of how bio-medicine emerged. His fascinating romp through history brings alive the breakthroughs in their social and political context.

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I really like how WORLDbytes tackles and informs on so many subjects. I’m not sciency so really appreciate this video as it didn’t leave me thinking ‘what are they talking about!’

Tamisin said:

Heroine for heroes eh! Great little stories in here. I agree with Sandra on her point about today we are fed these campaigns about what to eat, what not to drink etc – seems so puny compared to what science was doing before. As Richard said the governments fact about alcohol consumption is not based on the science anyway..

Mark said:

Real breakthroughs happened at a time when society was confident in its own ability to change things, to master nature as he says. I didn’t realise though that much of the positive changes to our health care happened to quell the dissent of the majority. Fascinating.

Sadhvi said:

I got a real sense of how exciting it must have been to be part of the first laboratory, realising that you could really get to understand how the body works, discovering ways to beat diseases.

Trish said:

I know a lot more about bio-medical science now! It just goes to show that science isn’t actually just for scientists as Richard did a great job of bringing it alive and making me realise that it has part of life. I really enjoyed watching this.