The Science and Art of Medicine


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    Two pharmacy jars, French, 1725-1775.

    Pharmacy storage, jar, French, Hustin factory, 1725-1775, polychrome faience, used for bugloss by Carmelites

    Alchemical furnace & iron mannikin, 1500-1700.

    Alchemist's digesting furnace, or anthanot, stoneware, German, 1501-1700

    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

    Group of Ancient Egyptian amulets, 4000-30 BC.

    Faience amulet, djed, Egyptian, 400-30BC

    Glass retort, Italian, 1650-1800.

    Pale green glass balloon retort, long neck, projecting stopper hole, hand blown, possibly Italian, 1650-1800

    '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.

    Box containing ampoules of Strophanthus extract, 1917.

    A box containing ampoules of Strophanthin, an extract from the Strophanthus plant, made by the Burroughs Wellcome & Co. Ripe seeds from Strophanthus gratus and kombé plants contain a chemical that works on the heart. In Europe it has been made into t

    Petit tourniquet, late 18th or early 19th century.

    Petit tourniquet said to have been used by Dr. Gillespie on the HMS Victory, 1805

    Hunting trousse, English, c 1570.

    Hunting trousse, steel, brass and mahogany, English