Health & Medical Walking Tours - a must do!, London
Join your qualified professional guide as they lead you through the streets and stories that have made London a city of sickness and a city of cures for over a thousand year. Tours typically last 2 ½ hours.
The Making of Thoroughly Modern Medicine: A history of five hundred years of medical progress told across the streets of the capital. Learn how a murky world of mercury cures and caffeine enemas, leeches and bloodletting galore was transformed into one of the most respected professions at the cutting edge of science. Travel through the present day’s medical district taking in renowned institutions including University College Hospital, the General Medical Council and The Wellcome Trust. The walk concludes at the galleries and library of The Wellcome Collection.
Who needs doctors anyway?: Find out how the biggest life savers in the story of human health come from far and wide, not just the world of physicians. Today, medical practitioners and professionals are held – quite properly – in extremely high esteem. But is the common view that the huge advances in our well being of the last 250 years come down to the role of doctors entirely true?
Take this tour to learn how Joseph Bazalgette may have saved the lives of more Londoners than almost any other Victorian. Discover how a study into bus conductors unearthed the connection between exercise and coronary heart disease and how house building helped rid Britain of dreaded typhus.
Women and Medicine: Those following subject areas related to fields such as social care, social work, public health, and nursing will enjoy following in the footsteps of the pioneers at the forefront of healthcare improvements and female emancipation. Travel through Fitrovia and Bloomsbury to seek out the trailblazers who have cleared the way for today’s medical women & learn how female practitioners have played their role in raising standards of care. Meet a host of fascinating characters along the way.
London’s Plagues: Many groups who have been studying infectious diseases as part of their studies will enjoy looking at the history of the various illnesses from the 'The Black Death' to Ebola that have affected mankind and London through time and the changing ways and success that we have had in dealing with them. Get answers for the age old questions… ‘When does an epidemic become a medical emergency?’ ‘Who gets to call a contagion a plague?’
Homes for Healing: A tour of healthy open spaces and London’s amazing architectural curing places. From fashionable town houses to squalid workhouses, lost priories to Princes’ palaces discover these dazzling gems.
The Intoxicating Walk Down Gin Lane: Go in search of the site of Hogarth’s legendary Gin Lane, epicentre of Georgian alcoholic excess. En route encounter the scale of society’s infatuation with all manner of intoxication over the centuries and uncover the attempts of the abstemious few to restrain their fellow man and woman.