The Science and Art of Medicine


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    Statue of St Sebastian, German, possibly 16th century.

    Oak statue of St Sebastian, believed to originate from the lower Rhennish (Rhine) area of Germany, possibly 1501-1600. Little is known for sure about his life, other than that he was a martyr who was buried on the Appian Way near Rome, in the third c

    Ancient Egyptian mummified cat, 2000-100 BC.

    Mummified cat, Ancient Egyptian, 2000-100BC. Cats had enormous significance for the Egyptian people, and their relationship with them was principally religious. The mummification of cats, and their burial within the temple, was performed to provide t

    Ancient Egyptian amulet, heart-shaped stone, 4000-30 BC.

    Heart-shaped stone amulet, Egyptian, 4000-30 BC. Possibly taken from a tomb.

    Thomas Skinner's chloroform mask, c 1865.

    Thomas Skinner, Obstetric Physician to the Dispensaries in Liverpool, introduced this type of mask in 1862. Chloroform was dropped from a specially designed bottle onto the mask, which kept it off the patient�s face. This technique continued to be us

    Bronze Roman cupping vessel, 1-79 AD.

    Bronze cupping vessel, from Pompeii, Roman, 1-79AD. Cupping was an ancient therapy intended to restore the balance of the body. It remained popular in the Western world until the 19th century.

    German salvarsan kit, c 1912.

    Salvarsan kit, c.1912, by W.Martindale and Lucius and Bruning

    Box containing a bottle of Safi, 'the blood purifier', Pakistan, c 2004-2005.

    A box containing a bottle of Safi, a Unani Tibb herbal medicine used as a tonic to purify blood. Unani Tibb medicines have been produced commercially for about 70 years in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.


    A herbal medicine called a ma'jun, meaning sweet medicine, used by practitioners of Unani Tibb. Herbs are mixed with honey to make them sweet and preserve their freshness. Honey is considered to have important healing powers.


    A container of Crategus vegetarian capsules, prepared at the Mohsin Institute, Leicester, in 2005. They contain a mixture of raw herbs prepared by a Hakim (Unani Tibb doctor) at the Institute. Hakims practising in Britain often work with traditional


    A container of Trifola Ayurvedic paste, designed to help digestion. This classic Ayurvedic mixture is now also used by Unani Tibb practitioners. Unlike many Tibb preparations, it has a bitter taste and should be taken in the evening with warm water o