Advances in Medicine During the 19th Century: Theories & Achievements


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How did the development of the microscope help to further develop medical knowledge in the 19th century?

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1. According to medieval doctrine, what caused an individual to become ill?

2. How did germ theory differ from previous knowledge about disease?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The 19th century was a major turning point in the patient experience for modern medicine, especially due to discoveries and applications in hygiene and pain management. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of some of the unique and beneficial innovations of 19th century medicine.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Major advancements in medicine in the 19th century
  • Historical medical practice
  • What pasteurization is
  • 19th century germ theory
  • Crucial figures in medical discovery

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow students to test the following skills:

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about 19th century medical innovations
  • Making connections - correlate your historical knowledge of 19th century environmental conditions to determine key contemporary discoveries in medicine
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify key concepts, such as what pasteurization is
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about 19th century medical innovations

Additional Learning

To start learning more about 19th century medical advancements, review the accompanying lesson called Advances in Medicine During the 19th Century: Theories & Achievements. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explains the hygienic and cultural environment of the 19th century
  • Covers crucial advancements made in medicine during the 19th century
  • Details key innovative leaders in medicine
  • Details novel experimental procedures that changed medical practice