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A Well Timed History of Medicine

On Thursday 27th February Teacher of History, Mr Toepritz organised for Dr Jamie Stark to visit the school and give a lecture to Year 10 and Year 11 History students on the topic of 19th and 20th century contagious diseases, epidemics and public health as part of their revision/learning for the Medicine and Public Health Through Time examination.

Dr. Stark is currently based in the Leeds Humanities Research Institute at the University of Leeds. His specialist interests include the History of Modern Medicine, Philosophy of Medicine and Disease Identities, and the History of Medical Technologies.

Over 100 students attended the lecture. Students found the lecture interesting, highly informative and very useful for their current studies and forthcoming examinations. One Year 10 group found themselves sitting an assessment on the topics covered the next day and it was clear that they had all taken on board what they had learned during the visit and applied it to their essay answers. It was also interesting to discover the impact that Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch’s work had had upon the woollen mills of Bradford when many lives were saved following the identification of Anthrax as the cause of ‘Woolsorter’s’ or ‘Bradford Disease’ – a disease which was causing the death of many workers within the industry.  

Mr Preston, Acting Headteacher said "Mr Toepritz and the rest of the History team, like all our departments, are extremely passionate about their subject and keen to offer the students additional insight and experiences in the topics and which they teach within their department areas.  These types of opportunities outside the normal classroom environment are extremely important as they very often inspire the students or give them the edge they need in order to achieve their potential."