The Science and Art of Medicine

     

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    Malmstrom obstetrical vacuum extractor, Swedish, 1979.

    This instrument was used to help deliver babies, in place of forceps. It is a type designed by the Swede T Malmstrom in the 1950s and was manufactured by AB Vacuum Extractor in Sweden. In 1849 Sir James Young Simpson (1811-1870) successfully used a s

     
    Obstetrical forceps, c 1871-1900.

    These are long obstetrical forceps following the design of Sir James Young Simpson, 1811-1870. They are longer and heavier than Simpson�s type of short forceps and were used to deliver babies from higher up the birth canal. The forceps are made out o

     
    Obstetrical forceps, c 1871-1900.

    These are short obstetrical forceps following the design of Sir James Young Simpson, 1811-1870. They were used to deliver babies from low down in the birth canal. The forceps are made out of steel and ebony and manufactured by Philip Harris & Co of B

     
    Surgical instrument case and instruments, English, 1650-1700.

    Silver mounted fishskin instrument case, with instruments, bearing arms of Barber Surgeons' Company, English

     
    Louis Pasteur, French chemist and microbiologist, c 1870-1890.

    Bronze statue of Louis Pasteur, full length and holding a flask in his left hand, signed Galli

     
    Stone mortar and pestle, Indian, 1750-1850.

    A stone mortar and pestle made in India. The mortar and pestle is a traditional tool important in many medical traditions, used to grind and blend plants and minerals into a wide range of remedies.

     
    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

     
    Surgical instrument set, Persian, 18th century.
     
    Cotton lint dressing possibly owned by Joseph Lister, c 1850-1912.
     
    Ivory Piston-action syringe, European, c 1701-1730.

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