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Amphibians

Animal that lives on land and in water, like a frog or a newt

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'Burking'

Named after William Burke and William Hare who were convicted in 1828 of committing 10 murders in a few months in order to supply fresh bodies to surgeons

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Capillaries

Very fine blood vessels for taking blood around the body

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Classical

Ancient Greek or Roman

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Compulsory

Have to do something; you have no choice in the matter

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Empiricism

Belief that all knowledge comes from observation, from experimental science

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Endemic

A disease regularly found in that part of the country/world

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Epidemics

A sudden, widespread occurrence of an infectious disease

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Hypochondria

Thinking one is always ill

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Immune

Not at any risk from catching that particular disease or infection

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Inheritances

Money left to you by parents, grandparents etc. or in this case for a special purpose

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Inoculation

Early form of vaccination where the skin is scratched rather than injected

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Laissez-faire

A belief that some things were not the job of the government, but should be left alone

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Ligature

A cord used to tie something very tightly, in this case in order to stop bleeding

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'The scientific method'

Doing things through experimentation and observation (trying things out)

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Vaccination

Injection of a mild form of disease to stop you from getting a more dangerous version of the disease

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Renaissance

The 'rebirth' of ancient classical ideas which sparked new medical ideas

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Quackery/quacks

Somebody who invents a medicine and boasts about how well it works