The Science and Art of Medicine


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    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.

    Smellie's obstetrical forceps, c 1820.

    These are short obstetrical forceps, following the design of the English surgeon William Smellie, 1697-1763, which he described in 1751. The forcep blades are designed with two curves, the cephalic curve to fit the child�s head and the pelvic curve t

    Posset pot, 1660-1730.

    Posset pot, tin glazed earthenware, polychrome bird motif, English. The artist was Wiglett.

    Gibson spoons, 19th century.

    Pewter Gibson spoon, 19th century, French. This spoon is illustrated on the left of the image, the other spoon is A42395.

    Posset pot, English, c 1700.

    Elaborate posset pot, tin glazed earthenware, cherub and songbird motifs, English

    Colt's stretcher for narrow trenches, 1915-1918.

    Colt's stretcher for narrow trenches, first World War, British. Information with the stretcher notes: "Experimental model of jointed pole trench stretcher (The Lancet Jan.1916). Designed primarily for the immediate & safe evacuation of the wounded ma

    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.