Exam style questionWatch
'There was rapid change in ideas about the cause of illness and disease in the period c1700-c1900.' How far do you agree? Explain your answer.(16 marks)
Threads which just post the exam question tend to get ignored as theres an expectation you expect other people to do your work for you.
So you need to analyse the question and break it down into its component parts.
1700-1900 your investigation need to more or less cover all this period. I would say you are looking for a min of 4 and up to 6 or 7 events spread through this time period.
What sort of events are you looking for? Ideas/ medical understanding about the cause of illness and disease.
In this case try and make a list of medical understanding about the causes of illness and disease. What did they believe and when did the ideas change?
Thats just done through research.
You should then have a timeline which shows you between 1700 and 1900 there were x events showing you that new ideas changed peoples understanding about the causes of disease.
Having done this research you can then attempt to answer the question.
Start with what people believed in 1700 about disease and illness.
Through the next 200 years there were changes in ideas about the causes. You can then go on to list what those changes were and what difference they made.
Summarise 1900 views on disease and illness.
Then you can get onto answering the questions posed by the essay?
Do you agree or disagree that the changes were rapid? revolutionary and fast or were they slow and painful.
Compare thought in 1700 v 1900? the usual answer would be yes there were changes, it took 200 years.
Wrap up your evaluation on how far you agree or disagree with the question.
For bonus marks you can then point out.
1. Were there any views that hadnt changed?
2. Were there changes of views that were mistaken or dead ends?
3. Some of the changes were painful and had to fight against the tide or disbelieved.
If you want bonus marks you can also point out
Thats my sort of approach.
If you id the question then you can find the mark scheme if you are lucky.
You can also look in your revision textbook or youtube for how to approach 16 mark answers.