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.

     
    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.