The Science and Art of Medicine


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    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

    Laryngeal instruments, late 19th century.

    Throat brush, possibly MacKenzie, ebony, possibly aluminium, probably British

    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

    Herbal medicine, Pakistan, c 2004-2005.

    A box containing a bottle of Cinkara, a Unani Tibb herbal medicine used as an energy tonic. Unani Tibb medicines have been produced commercially for about 70 years in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

    'Fragrance of the Cape' aromatherapy dough, South Africa, 2004-2005.

    A pot of ‘Fragrance of the Cape’ aromatherapy dough from South Africa. The dough contains a blend of essential oils from buchu and wilde-als - plants used in African medicine for their healing properties.

    Two pharmacy jars, French, 1725-1775.

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


    A small black leather covered homeopathic medicine case lined with red velvet, containing a small scoop and 30 labelled glass phials of homeopathic medicines. The chest is inscribed 'Dr. Malan's Family Medicine Chest'.

    Men worshipping the god Yaowang, China, Ching period, 1800-1911.

    A model of a group of men worshipping Yaowang, the Buddhist god of medicine. Gods have always played a part in Traditional Chinese Medicine.