The Science and Art of Medicine


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    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.

    Maddox wing test instrument, c 1920-1937.

    A wooden divination board, known as an itombwa. It is carved in the form of an animal and was used by diviners of the Kuba people to answer questions about an illness. The flat back is covered in oil and water and rubbed with the wooden block. When

    Ancient Egyptian amulet representing the god Thoth, 4000-30 BC.

    Amulet representing the god Thoth, Ancient Egyptian, 4000-30 BC. Carved from the blue rock, lapis lazuli, Thoth was one of the most popular Egyptian gods and had multiple roles in Egyptian mythology. He was the god of wisdom, writing and the moon, t

    Roman glass bottles, 3rd to 5th century AD.

    Glass bottle, long neck, two handles, Roman, 251-450AD. Glass appears to have been produced as far back as the second millennium BC by the Egyptians and perhaps the Phoenicians. Around the end of the 1st century BC glass-blowing was developed, whereb

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