The Science and Art of Medicine

     

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    Stainless steel nasal dropper, USA, 2004-2005.

    A stainless steel nasal oil applicator, purchased in 2005. Medicinal oils are poured directly into the nose during panchakarma, an Ayurvedic therapy. This treatment specifically targets health problems of the head, such as migraine, eye complaints an

     
    Netsuke showing a man applying moxa, Japanese, late 18th century.

    A wooden figure of a man giving himself moxibustion treatment - burning herbs on or near the skin. The black spot on his leg represents the smouldering herb. The figure is signed Miwa with Kakihan.

     
    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

     
    Posset pot, English, c 1700.

    Elaborate posset pot, tin glazed earthenware, cherub and songbird motifs, English

     
    Amuletic necklace, West Africa, 1880-1920.

    An amuletic necklace made of horn, claw, nuts and metal, strung together on a leather thong. It is common to put medicine in an animal horn, and necklace charms are often worn around the neck as protection against illness and ill fortune.

     
    Resuscitation kit, first half of the 19th century