The unexpected and fascinating history of clinical trials

Clinical trials to find effective and safe medicines and treatments have a history stretching 1000 years from China to modern-day Australia.

Use this resource to demonstrate how medicinal science has evolved and been refined throughout history with students in years 8 and 9 studying Biological science. The use of clinical trials for 1000 years highlights the importance of control groups, randomisation and testing before drugs can be administered to the general population. Refined versions of these is exactly what is being done in Australia, and globally, currently in the search for the COVID-19 vaccine and treatment.

 

Word Count: 843

The unexpected and fascinating history of clinical trials – Australia’s Science Channel

The unexpected and fascinating history of clinical trials – Australia’s Science Channel

Years: 8, 9

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Topics:

Biological Sciences –  The Body

Additional: Careers, Technology

Concepts (South Australia):

Biological Sciences – Form and Function