This week we hark back to the days before NHS patient records and find out how illnesses in ancient Rome, Victorian London and 17th century Italy were treated. We also explore how the modern history of medicine is being recorded as it happens and how methods used to track DNA mutations can be used to the trace the evolution of ancient manuscripts.
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Much of the Naked Scientists team is down in South Africa this week. We had a chance to catch up with Meera to find out what they're up to.
Richard Barnett takes us on a tour of some of the places, characters and events of medical London.
Vivian Nutton explains how medical discoveries and investigations were conducted over 1,800 years ago in the Classical World.
Chris Howe explains how methods used to analyse mutations in DNA across generations can be applied to ancient manuscripts.
Tilli Tansey takes us through the process of making medical history from the last century; including the breakthroughs of chemotherapy, haemophilia treatments and acquiring your very own home freezer.
Why are Australian snakes so much more toxic in general than other snakes in other parts of the world?
Opthalmologist, Peter Watson, has taken a fresh look at portraits of Galileo which point to a swelling around his eye that may have been partly responsible for his deteriorating eyesight.