The Science and Art of Medicine


    On Display

    Antiseptic machine, 1879.

    Apparatus for rendering the atmosphere antiseptic (hammer action). Inscribed 'Bells Patent, 1879, Newcastle on Tyne'

    Amputation saw, 17th Century.

    Large hacksaw-shaped amputation saw, perhaps 17th century

    Two pharmacy jars, 1723-1763.

    Tin-glazed earthenware drug jar, peacock motif, used for hiera picra electuary, by the Porcelain Dish factory, Dutch, 1723-1763

    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.

    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