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When the ancient Greeks were ill they would visit the local Asklepion, a shrine to the Greek god of healing, Asklepios.
In the 1930s this minature hospital toured the country. It was an eye-catching way of showing the work of modern hospitals to the public.
These miniature pipes, sewerage fittings, toilets and wash basins were used to demonstrate good and bad practice for public hygiene in 1895.
This ornate saw would have impressed patients – a kind of status symbol, but the lavish decoration harboured germs, risking further infection.
Vesalius' book De Humani Corporis Fabrica (On the Fabric of the Human Body) revealed the hidden mysteries of the human body through dissection.