Medicine man comes to Arthur Terry

On the 23rd September the Year 10 History GCSE students had a visit from the “Medicine Man,” also known as Kevin Hicks. Kevin is a very knowledgeable man who provides the students with very interesting information about how medicine has developed through time, which links to their GCSE course. He refers to experiences he has had in his working life, including information from his time in the military and civilian police force. Please read below to find out more information about the visit from Lily Barker, one of our year 10 students. “Early on in the new school year, GCSE (Year 10) History students had a visitor… He had worked in the army, in the police and has a huge passion for medicine. ‘He’ is known as Kevin Hicks. Kevin came into the library (where the History classes were neatly assembled), dressed in a Victorian brass buttoned coat which came down to his knees. This automatically made us all sit up straight and listen attentively. Surprisingly our efforts were not good enough and the very first thing Kevin said was “sit upright…NOW!” One of the first historical aspects Kevin came to mention was medieval medicine. He told us how Prince Henry (later to be Henry V) survived the Battle of Shrewsbury after receiving an arrow below his left eye in 1403. The way he survived is one of the most remarkable stories in medieval history. John Bradmore had to save the Prince’s life by removing the arrow head. The only way he could do this was by dipping clean bandages (made from linen) into honey and over time increasing the amount of bandages to open the wound. Once the wound was fully opened so that Bradmore could see the arrow, he could use specially adapted forceps to remove the arrow and save the young Prince’s life. Kevin then in a very eccentric manner went on to talk about John Snow who identified the source of Cholera in the mid 1800’s. He also spoke about Edward Jenner (who started off the small pox vaccine) and Andreas Vesalius who is often referred to as the founder of the human anatomy and multiple more iconic figures in medicine through time. Kevin’s presence and appearance helped bring the stories to life. I think that this has made us remember everything he told us and I don’t think that we will ever forget the experience. Lily Barker


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