The Science and Art of Medicine


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    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

    The development of the human embryo, early 19th century.

    This is a set of nine wax plaques that show different stages in the dissection of a female figure and the development of the human embryo. They were probably made in Vienna, Austria.

    Traction apparatus, probably from 16th century Italy.

    Traction apparatus, used to support fractures and dislocations and correct limb deformities. Constructed of iron, brass and wood, it is believed to have been made in Italy during the 16th century.

    Two artificial noses, 17th-18th century.

    Two artificial noses, one of carved ivory (A641030), possibly 18th century, the other of plated metal (A641037), 17-18th century. These noses would have been made to replace an original, which may have been congenitally absent or deformed, lost thro

    Artificial hand and forearm, 17th century.

    Artificial iron arm, for left hand below-elbow amputee. Artificial limbs such as these were expensive items made by armourers, and they allowed wearers who had lost a limb in combat to continue with their fighting career. Believed to date from the 1

    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.