The Science and Art of Medicine

     

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    Persian pharmacy jar, 12th century.

    Earthenware albarello, glazed, Persian, 12th century

     
    Pharmacy tile, English, 17th century.

    Earthenware pill tile, tin glazed, polychrome, octagonal and decorated with the arms of the Society of Apothecaries, Lambeth, English, 17th century

     
    'Ngetwa 3' herbal medicine, Tanzania, 2005.

    A packet of the mass-produced herbal medicine, 'Ngetwa 3'. The medicine is foil-packed for a longer shelf life and a modern look. The Tanzanian mganga (healer) who prepared the medicine is shown on the front.

     
    Oil bottle, Italy, 375-325 BC.

    Lekythos oil bottle, handle now detached, decorated in the Apulian style. Roman, from Italy, 375-325BC. Apulia, a region of southern Italy, gave its name to the distinct style of decoration seen on this bottle. Lekythoi were Ancient Greek one-handled

     
    Artificial leg, Roman, c 300 BC.

    Copy of Roman artificial leg, c.1910. The original was made of bronze and had been excavated from a grave in Capua, Italy. Dating from c.300BC, it was the oldest artificial limb to be discovered. Kept at the Royal College of Surgeons in London, it

     
    Ancient Egyptian faience amulet, right eye, 4000-30 BC.

    Faience eye of Horus amulet, Ancient Egyptian, 4000-30BC. Sometimes known as the wedjat eye, this amulet had complex meanings within the Egyptian culture, including protection against the 'evil eye'. Faience is a glazed non-clay ceramic material, com

     
    Plastic vomit bowl with handle, 2005.

    A plastic vomit bowl used during panchakarma, an Ayurvedic therapy. Vomiting aims to drive out harmful doshas (forces) and waste products and is induced by taking a drink containing ingredients such as liquorice or calamus root. Therapeutic vomiting

     
    Fleam case, 1544.

    Bone fleam case, intricately carved with representation of the crucifixion and the Garden of Eden, containing four tablets for holding fleam, inscribed with the name Simon Wellenbeck, probably German, 1544

     
    Ancient Egyptian Canopic burial jar, 800-200 BC.

    Alabaster canopic jar with portrait of Imseti, also known as Mestha, on lid, Ancient Egyptian, 800BC-200BC. During the preparation for mummification, the brains were removed through the nostrils, and then an incision was made in the side of the body

     
    Bengue anestile ethyl chloride anaesthetic cylinder, 1860-1940.

    This cylinder would have been used for the anaesthetic gas ethyl chloride. It is made of brass and was made in Paris, France. The cooling effect of the volatile liquid was used to produce local anaesthesia. The contents of the cylinder would be spray