The Science and Art of Medicine


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    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.

    3ml bottle of Depo-Provera slow-release contraceptive, 1979-1981.

    3 glass bottles of Depo-Provera and a plastic syringe. Depo-Provera is a slow release contraceptive containing a hormone that is similar to the body� s natural progesterone. It is given by injection by a doctor every three months. These examples were

    Stem pessaries, c 1930.

    This particular straight stem pessary (illustrated in the top row on the far right) is made out of glass. Stem pessaries are intra-uterine devices.

    Anaesthetic inhalation ampoules, 1935-1949.

    These crushable ampoules contain chloroform and are called �Brisettes�. They are composed of glass with a protective wrapping of gauze and cotton wool and were made by Macfarlan and Co., Edinburgh and London, for use in midwifery. Billings and Sons L

    Two iron chastity belts, c 16th century.

    This iron chastity belt is decorated with a flower design and a heart pierced with arrows. The padlock that is associated with it is not the original one.

    Part of an obstetrical instrument set, English, 1851-1900.

    This set consists of the following instruments in a chamois leather bag: 3 sets of forceps, 2 perforators, 1 blunt hook, 1 crotchet, 1 combined hook and crotchet, 1 trocar, and 1 pair of bone cutters