The Science and Art of Medicine


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Sample of Edward Jenner's hair, 1823.

Lock of hair removed from Edward Jenner after his death, 26th January 1823, framed

Early inoculation items, c 1798-1825.

Cow's horn, inscribed 'G.C. Jenner, 1825'.

'Med-E-Jet' inoculation gun, United States, 1980.

"Med-E-Jet" inoculation gun, in carrying case, by Med-E-Jet Corporation, Cleveland, Ohio, 1980. This gun was designed to make mass immunisation more efficient. It enabled the user to give many people a small dose of vaccine or drug and was used durin

Vaccination lancets, late 18th-early 19th century.

These lancets belonged to Edward Jenner (1749-1823). In 1796 Edward Jenner (1749-1823) used a lancet to introduce fluid from a cowpox sore through a person's skin, in order to inoculate them against smallpox, a similar but more dangerous disease. He

Jackson X-ray tube, 1896.

Jackson Focus X-ray tubes

Canvas and leather strait jacket, c 1930.

Copy of a strait jacket, c.1930. The strait jacket, or strait waistcoat, was first described in 1772 in a textbook by David Macbride (1726-1778). Employed both as a restraint as well as for treatment, it's use gradually declined in the 19th century a

Terracotta statue of St Antonio, Spanish or Italian, early 16th century.

Earthenware statue of Saint Anthony (Antonino) of Florence, Italian, 1701-1850.

Model of the Asklepeion at Epidauras, Greece, 1936.

Model of Asklepeion at Epidauras, after the reconstruction of Defrasse, made in London, 1936, scale 1:66. The main temple was originally built in the 5th and 6th centuries BC as a shrine to Asclepius, Greek god of medicine and healing.

Statue of St Tugean, 18th or 19th century.

Wooden statue of Saint Tugean, or Tujean, probably French, c. 1701-1900. This saint could be invoked against the disease of rabies.

Stone oculist's seal, Roman.

Blank stone oculist's stamp (or seal), with inscriptions of five sides, found in the bed of the river Moselle, France. Roman, c. 400BC-400AD. Oculist's were specialised eye doctors, who treated eye diseases such as cataracts.