New scanning and imaging technologies has revolutionised surgery over the last 20 years. Techniques like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and keyhole surgery have made procedures quicker, more efficient and less intrusive. However, doctors are increasingly moving away from costly surgical intervention and back to drug treatment.

This clip is from:
History, Medicine through Time
First broadcast:
27 June 2007

Students could study the trends and developments in medicine over the last 2,000 years and speculate on its future direction.