The Science and Art of Medicine


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    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.

    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