Science and Medicine in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

What comes to mind when you think of science? Experiments? Classes? Biology? Chemistry? Physics?

What comes to mind when you think of medicine? Doctors? Surgery? Prescriptions? Hospitals? Pills?

All of these things have played a large role in shaping the past. When Mary Shelley wrote her novel "Frankenstein" the influences of the scientific world were booming. The idea of bringing life to those who have passed on was a concept being entertained by some of the most intelligent minds at the time. Inventions, experiments and medical discoveries paved the way for the future of science,literature and life.

However, not all breakthroughs were as beneficial as one might have hoped. Often times, a scientist would come up with a new method of treatment which would not be as successful as intended. Quackery and unorthodox methods of treatment became common place at this time. Stereotypes also developed as scientists became more prominent and people watched them closely. Scientists fell subject to ridicule through caricatures. Yet, despite the harsh criticism that some scientists fell victim to, there were many benefits that could be reaped from the work done by these brilliant minds.

To find out more about the advances made in science and medicine during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, click on the "Medicine" link below.


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