The Science and Art of Medicine


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    Haemostatic set, English, 1871-1900.

    This pocket set contains the following equipment in a leather case: three bottles, one with contents, one pair of Fraenum scissors, and one measuring cylinder. It was manufactured by Baker, London, and was used in attempts to control post partum blee

    Re-usable condom in original packaging, 1948-1950.

    'Paragon' re-usable medium-sized rubber condom, made by Georges (Chemists) Ltd.

    The 'Miraculous Chair of Palermo', parturition chair, early 18th century.

    This chair is also known as a birthing chair and is designed so that it can be folded up. It is made out of wood and has a leather seat and is reputed to come from Sicily. Women used it when they were giving birth and it has been estimated that it wa

    Contraceptive sponges, early 20th century.

    This particular contraceptive sponge (illustrated on the far right) is made out rubber and has a central cavity for a suppository and a handle for removal. �Occlusator� is its brand name. It is illustrated with a number of other sponges

    Gibson spoons, 19th century.

    Pewter Gibson spoon, 19th century, French. This spoon is illustrated on the left of the image, the other spoon is A42395.

    Greek and Roman mixing bowls with 'Larva Convivialis', 450 BC-200 AD.

    Red figure column krater, decorated with drinking scenes by the Cleveland Painter, inscription painted over are of the figures, Attica, Greece, 460-440BC

    Jacobean touchpieces, English, 1610-1620.

    Gold angel, used as a touchpiece in the ceremony of healing by touch, mint mark in form of a castle, 2nd or 3rd coinage, issued by James I, 1603-1625

    Carved wooden divination bowl, Nigeria, 1880-1920.

    An adjella ifa, a bowl to store the palm nuts used by diviners of the Yoruba people of Nigeria. This particular object is shaped in the form of a woman carrying a child, kneeling in respect to Ifa, the god of divination. The diviner seeks information

    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