Health Matters

Automata in Health Matters gallery


Medicine changed faster during the twentieth century than ever before.

This gallery explores the impact of medical technology in the home and in hospitals. An iron lung built by car workers and a kidney machine made out of a tin can are just two examples of the objects that show how innovation and mass production have transformed medicine.

Many of the technologies on display, such as the contraceptive pill, had a dramatic cultural impact during the 20th century, whereas others, such as the MMR vaccine, have created dilemmas for us.

Health Matters is relevant to Biology, Medicine Through Time and Health and Social Care courses.

(If you have visited Health Matters before, please be aware that the area exploring how we measure health and promote healthy lifestyles, and the area looking at the technologies used by researchers to understand the causes of disease and to develop more effective medicines, are now closed.)

suggested 30-45 minutes
Suitable for:
ages 14 upwards
Places per session:
not applicable
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