The Science and Art of Medicine

     

    On Display

    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.

     
    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.