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

    Basil Hall's ovariotomy clamp, 1910-1920.

    This instrument is composed of nickel-plated steel and was manufactured by Down Bros. of London. Basil Hall designed this clamp to be used during ovariotomy operations of the type devised by Ernst Wertheim (1864-1920) of Vienna. The operation was fir

    Laryngeal forceps, early 20th century.

    Laryngeal forceps, MacKenzie type, steel, nickel plated, by Down Bros. of London

    Fell-O'Dwyer apparatus, American, 1880s.

    Fell-O'Dwyer apparatus, steel, nickel plated, with 3 steel heads and 2 vulcanite

    Wooden figure representing the god Eshu, Nigeria, 1880-1920.

    A wooden figure in the form of Eshu, a god of the Yoruba people of Nigeria. In Yoruba tradition, Eshu is described as a figure of trickery and surprise. In common with other depictions of Eshu, he is seen here playing a flute.

    Medicine man's bag, Africa, 1880-1930.

    A bag probably made from monkey-skin, used by healers in Africa. Clothes and accessories such as this bag are important to identify healers and show their high status in the community.