The Science and Art of Medicine


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    Infant feeding bottles, English, 19th-20th century.

    Griptight miniature feeder. Glass infant's feeding bottle with rubber teat, rubber valve, and cleaning brush in original box. The other feeding bottle, at the top of the image, is A625747, an earthenware bottle.

    Acupuncture figure, Chinese, late Ming Dynasty, c.17th century

    This wooden figure of a man nearly a metre tall was used in acupuncture teaching in China.


    Two large acupuncture needles, used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The needles are inserted into chosen points on the body to stimulate the movement of the energy qi and balance the Yin and Yang parts of the qi.

    Marine contraceptive sponge and tampon, 1920-1960.

    This item is illustrated on the far left and is a marine sponge, for use as vaginal pessary, and was used by a Dr. Henson, English. When this was acquired it was noted that Dr Henson �thinks it the best method�. The other objects in the image are, le

    Lorand's Tokograph for monitoring labour, 1901-1925.

    This instrument, designed by Dr Lorand, recorded uterine contractions during labour and was strapped to the abdomen with an elastic belt. Contractions were mechanically transmitted to a pen recorder that marked the chart, while the drum revolved by m

    Syringe, Sri Lankan, 16th century.

    An ivory enema syringe from Sri Lanka dating from the late 1700s. 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 – depend

    Bronze figure showing acupuncture points, Chinese, early 18th century.

    A bronze acupuncture training model used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for teaching the position of acupuncture points on the body. The model was covered in a thick layer of wax and filled with water or mercury. Students pressed acupuncture needl

    Surgical instrument set, Indian, c 19th century.

    Surgical instrument set in wooden case, India, 1800-1899

    Male anti-masturbation device, British, 1871-1930.

    Male anti-masturbation apparatus, c.1871-1930. This metal device is one of a number of similar devices which were invented in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries to prevent masturbation. A leather strap which would have kept it in place is now missin

    Fowler's phrenological head, English, 1860-1896.

    Glazed phrenological bust by Lorenzo Niles Fowler (1811-1896) displaying 42 phrenological organs and their names on one side and their seven collective groupings on the other. Fowler�s own additions such as Conjugality (Love of matrimony) and Sublimi