The Science and Art of Medicine

     

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    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

     
    Dotting machine, English, 1918-1926.

    Dotting machine, for testing accident-proneness in industrial workers. This device was used by psychologists May Smith and Millais Culpin of the Industrial Fatigue Research Board; a body originally set up to study the health of munitions workers dur

     
    Box of laminaria tents, 1871-1900.

    These items are also referred to as Sea-Tangle tents and are a genus of seaweed. Each �tent� is a cylinder about 5-10 cm long made from the dried stalk of the marine plant Laminaria digitata. They are inserted into the cervical canal when they are dr

     
    Hypodermic syringe with a spare needle and metal case, late 19th century.
     
    Baron Harteloup's artificial leech, c 1850.

    Mechanical leech patented by Baron Heurteloup

     
    Mechanical leech in a case, c 1850.

    Mechanical leech, in case

     
    Blundell's blood transfusion apparatus, 19th century.

    This apparatus is based on plans by the British obstetrician James Blundell (1790-1877). It consists of the following instruments, which are largely composed of brass and glass: two syringes, two canulae, two lancets, and two glass funnels. There is

     
    Hypodermic syringe, English, c 1860.

    Hypodermic syringe. Designed by Coxeter and Son, London

     
    Cage for transporting leeches, 19th century.
     
    Posset pot, 1660-1730.

    Posset pot, tin glazed earthenware, polychrome bird motif, English. The artist was Wiglett.