Bundle: Worksheets on Medicine in the Renaissance

A bundle of worksheets on medical practice, ideas and cures during the Renaissance. Medicine changed as ideas about the body and world were challenged in the Renaissance era. Artists, anatomists and philosophers challenged and probed existing ideas about the world, body and the cause of disease.

Among those challenging existing medical ideas, beliefs and principles were Andreas Vesalius and William Harvey. This bundle of resources assesses the importance of their work, it’s impact in the short, medium and long term and explores the methods that they adopted to make their breakthroughs.

Worksheet: Medicine in the Renaissance 

The Renaissance is the name given to a period in which the existing order was challenged. Renaissance means rebirth. It was a period, alongside the Reformation, that was revolutionary in many ways. Accepted ideas and methods were challenged. Religious practice was challenged; artistic licence became more acceptable; inquisitive minds broke rules and made new ones.

In England the Royal Society was founded. Teaching of medicine and exploration of the scientific world became more common. Europe saw art movements alter culture and in doing so created a wealth of new material and understanding of the way in which the human body worked: Vesalius, da Vinci and others made highly detailed drawings of the inner workings of the human body. Achieved through the macabre practice of employing body snatches, they could see and draw muscles, bones and sinew.

The Renaissance- worksheet pack

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