The Science and Art of Medicine


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    'Omega Spray' vaginal douche, 1900-1940.

    This is a vaginal douche and it is made out of rubber and vulcanite. This type of apparatus is used to force water or another solution into the vaginal cavity to flush away vaginal discharge or other contents. Douching is neither a contraceptive, nor

    Spermicidal pessaries, ointment and jelly, early 20th century.

    This item is illustrated in the centre of the middle row and is an original carton containing 12 pessaries. They are of the �Prorace� brand and were supplied by John Bell and Croyden Ltd., London. The other objects in this image are as follows. Botto

    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

    Syringe, Sri Lankan, 16th century.

    An ivory enema syringe from Sri Lanka dating from the late 1700s. An enema (vasthi) introduces fluid into the lower bowel via the anus. A single Ayurvedic treatment might involve several enemas using oils mixed with different medicinal herbs – depend

    Bronze figure showing acupuncture points, Chinese, early 18th century.

    A bronze acupuncture training model used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for teaching the position of acupuncture points on the body. The model was covered in a thick layer of wax and filled with water or mercury. Students pressed acupuncture needl

    Surgical instrument set, Indian, c 19th century.

    Surgical instrument set in wooden case, India, 1800-1899

    Male anti-masturbation device, British, 1871-1930.

    Male anti-masturbation apparatus, c.1871-1930. This metal device is one of a number of similar devices which were invented in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries to prevent masturbation. A leather strap which would have kept it in place is now missin

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