The Science and Art of Medicine

     

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    Brass syringe, French, early 17th century.

    Brass syringe, in case, French.

     
    Fleam case, 1544.

    Bone fleam case, intricately carved with representation of the crucifixion and the Garden of Eden, containing four tablets for holding fleam, inscribed with the name Simon Wellenbeck, probably German, 1544

     
    Resuscitation kit, first half of the 19th century
     
    Palm nuts with cloth bag, Nigeria, 1880-1920.

    A set of palm nuts usually kept in the blue cloth bag. Diviners of the Yoruba people of Nigeria pass sixteen palm nuts from hand to hand eight times. Each time, one or two nuts are kept in the hand and this is marked on a board. The diviner reads t

     
    Yantra meditation plaque,  India, 1800s.

    A copper Yantra meditation plaque decorated with a geometric pattern. Meditation has strong links with Ayurveda and is often recommended as part of an ‘Ayurvedic lifestyle’. Techniques vary – Yantra meditation uses patterns of symbols and shapes to h

     
    Wooden shield painted with a demon's face, Chinese, 19th century.

    A wooden sign painted with a demon's face, hung over doors in China to scare away demons. In ancient China people believed that spirits, ancestors and demons could interfere with the body and cause illness. This idea has existed in some form in Chine

     
    Netsuke of a man being massaged, Japanese, 18th or 19th century.

    A Japanese ivory figure of a man massaging the back of another man whilst he reads. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, massage helps the qi energy flow in channels around the body.

     
    Tibetan doctor's bag.

    Doctor's bag, from Tibet, c. 1850-1930. A leather and cloth medicine bag with drawstring, containing 50 small leather bags full of medicine, plus instruments.

     
    Men worshipping the god Yaowang, China, Ching period, 1800-1911.

    A model of a group of men worshipping Yaowang, the Buddhist god of medicine. Gods have always played a part in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

     
    Male figure with truss, c 1860-1910.

    Plaster model of a male figure in classical style, wearing several miniature orthopaedic appliances, including a truss and corset. Used for advertising purposes, and made by Dunlop, England, 1860-1910