The Science and Art of Medicine


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Resuscitation kit, first half of the 19th century
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

Box of laminaria tents, 1871-1900.

These items are also referred to as Sea-Tangle tents and are a genus of seaweed. Each �tent� is a cylinder about 5-10 cm long made from the dried stalk of the marine plant Laminaria digitata. They are inserted into the cervical canal when they are dr

Hypodermic syringe with a spare needle and metal case, late 19th century.
Baron Harteloup's artificial leech, c 1850.

Mechanical leech patented by Baron Heurteloup

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

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