The Science and Art of Medicine


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    '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.

    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

    Early inhaler for ether anaesthesia, 1847-1848.

    This inhaler for anaesthesia consists of a glass vessel that contains ether soaked sponges and is connected to a facemask by tubing. The mouthpiece has inspiratory and expiratory valves. Air would be drawn through the bottle and over the sponges as t

    Smallpox pustule gauge, c 1920.

    Smallpox pustule (or vesicle) gauge used to estimate the duration of immunity imparted by vaccination, by Young, Scottish, 1870-1930

    Powder insufflator, 1871-1900.

    This instrument is made out of vulcanite, horn and silk. Insufflators are used to blow air, or in this case medicated powder, into the lungs or into a body cavity.

    Pharmacy jar, Islamic, probably 18th century.

    Earthenware drug jar, glazed, Islamic

    Bust of the physician Marcus Modius Asiaticus, Roman, 2nd century AD.

    Plaster replica of a bust of Marcus Modius (or Piodius) Asiaticus, possibly a physcian, original Roman, 101-200.

    Medicine chest, c 1800.

    Medicine chest, winged front, from Reece's Medical Hall, Piccadilly, with 30 painted glass bottles and 4 drawers, 5 confection glasses, 1 probang, 3 boxes, 1 plaster spreader, 1 seal, 1 spatula, 1 bowl, 1 pill tile, 1 fleam, 1 lancet, 2 syringes, 4

    Mahogany medicine chest, 19th century.

    Mahogany medicine chest, C19