The Science and Art of Medicine

 

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Moxa caps, Japanese, 1980-1985.

A packet of moxa caps, designed to be placed on the heads of acupuncture needles. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, herbs are burnt in the cap, and the heat from the burning herbs travels through the acupuncture needle into the body.

 
Box containing three graded cupping glasses, Japanese, 1980-1990.

A cupping kit with three different sized cupping glasses. Cupping sets are used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to stimulate the flow of qi energy. The glass cup is placed on the skin and then air is drawn out with the metal pump.

 
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

 
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

 
Laryngeal ecraseur, late 19th century.

MacKenzie's laryngeal ecraseur, plated steel and ebony, probably British

 
Hypodermic syringe, English, c 1860.

Hypodermic syringe. Designed by Coxeter and Son, London