The Science and Art of Medicine


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    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


    A plastic sachet containing Joshanda, a Unani Tibb herbal medicine used to treat flu, coughs and colds. Unani Tibb medicines have been produced commercially for about 70 years in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

    J S Haldane's oxygen tent for four people, early 20th century.
    Ivory Piston-action syringe, European, c 1701-1730.

    Ivory piston-action syringe, possibly early 18th century, Europe

    Divination set, Zimbabwe, 1880-1920.

    A set of four divination plaques on a string, used by the Mashona people of Zimbabwe. Mashona diviners use only red ivorywood for their plaques, as they believe it is the only wood that tells the truth. It is the royal wood of KwaZulu Natal and is n

    Amulet of the god Eshu, Nigeria, 1880-1900.

    An amulet in the form of Eshu, a god of the Yoruba people of Nigeria. The wooden figure is covered with carved divination boards and cowrie shells threaded onto leather.

    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

    Colt's stretcher for narrow trenches, 1915-1918.

    Colt's stretcher for narrow trenches, first World War, British. Information with the stretcher notes: "Experimental model of jointed pole trench stretcher (The Lancet Jan.1916). Designed primarily for the immediate & safe evacuation of the wounded ma