GCSE History Exam Question- Medicine Watch

Edwin2003_
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First and foremost- good luck for everyone tomorrow!

I was wondering if anyone could help me with how to answer this exam question-
‘The discovery of DNA was a major breakthrough in medicine during the twentieth century.’ How far do you agree?

So far I have:
-it contributed to understanding of genetic disorders
-there's limited understanding of how to treat genetic disorders

Can anyone think of more points?

Thanks a tonne!
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To be honest, they're the only two i can think of
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The lovely thing about 16 markers is you can always argue against them.

The question is about "medicine", which means you can talk about treatment, prevention and cause!

So what else was a breakthrough in medicine in the 20th century?

Personally, I would go for something like "Although the discovery of DNA was important in developing the understanding of hereditary diseases, improved technologies allowed for better diagnosis, as well as the ability to see genetic problems in DNA."

I'd talk about, for evidence:

- In 1951, Rosalind Franklin and Maurice Wilkins developed a more powerful form of X-Ray which enabled specific images of DNA.

Maybe even throw in the fact that PET-CT scans can be used to spot particular cancerous cells on lungs. Although, could lead to waffle.
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Hope this helps!
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Agree:
Like you said - genetic disorders, HGP 1990

Disagree:
Technology major breakthrough - X-rays, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, endoscopes
Lifestyle factors - government campaigns e.g. Change4Life
Could also do: magic bullets, paul ehrlich or protonsil gerald domagk, the NHS - free healthcare, Penicillin - florey and chain, US gov. funds
(Original post by Edwin2003_)
First and foremost- good luck for everyone tomorrow!

I was wondering if anyone could help me with how to answer this exam question-
‘The discovery of DNA was a major breakthrough in medicine during the twentieth century.’ How far do you agree?

So far I have:
-it contributed to understanding of genetic disorders
-there's limited understanding of how to treat genetic disorders

Can anyone think of more points?

Thanks a tonne!
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You could counter the argument, state that things such as Pasteur's Germ Theory (1861) was more important, etc. You could also say about how the discovery of DNA didn't lead to any new treatments for most conditions such as downs syndrome and mostly all cancers, so is, thus, not that much of a scientific breakthrough.
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