The Science and Art of Medicine


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    'A Midwife going to a labour', 1811.

    This is a hand coloured etching by Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827) published by T Tegg, London. It is headed �Teggs Caricatures, No.55�, and shows the midwife as a blowsy, obese aged woman, who has been called out on a squally night, her hooded red clo

    Stone mortar and pestle, Indian, 1750-1850.

    A stone mortar and pestle made in India. The mortar and pestle is a traditional tool important in many medical traditions, used to grind and blend plants and minerals into a wide range of remedies.

    Enema syringe with cloth carrying bag, Indian, 2005.

    An enema syringe with a cloth carrying bag, purchased from India in 2005. 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

    Copper bowl used in Ayurvedic Shirodhara therapy, Indian, c 2005.

    A copper bowl with chains for suspension, known as a dhara chatti. It is used in Ayurvedic shirodhara therapy, where warm oil from a suspended pot is slowly poured onto the forehead. Usually prescribed for illnesses affecting the head, it is increas

    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