15 July 2013

Medical care then and now! How it has changed ... and, how our understanding gives us better insight into our ancestors

I’ve just finished watching the TV series London Hospital (via Amazon.com – in the UK when broadcast on the BBC it was called Casualty 1906 et al).  I found it fascinating.

Even more so was that it was based on hospital records, newspaper articles of the day and personal journals.  Though fictional, it was based on historical records!

As I watched the show, some facets of early 1900s medicine I was familiar with and then there were others that were new to me.

It was very eye opening in terms of how much medical treatment has changed over the last century.  That is the health care my ancestors received!

Have you watched a TV series which you found to have a particular relevance to your ancestors in terms of what life was “truly” like?

As genealogists we strive to learn not just the details about our own ancestors and to gain some insight into their lives!  I also couldn’t help think, as I was watching, that as I found some of the medical procedures from the early 1900s somewhat barbaric, I suspect that our descendants will think the same of some of our current medical care.

Editor’s Note:  Upfront with NGS did a related post on published fiction, Historical fiction often involves a LOT of history and genealogy research!
Editor’s Note:  Upfront with NGS has done related posts on medical topics:

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