The Science and Art of Medicine


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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.

Male figure with truss, c 1860-1910.

Plaster model of a male figure in classical style, wearing several miniature orthopaedic appliances, including a truss and corset. Used for advertising purposes, and made by Dunlop, England, 1860-1910

Brass enema syringe, possibly Portugese, 18th century.

Brass enema syringe, piston-action, driven by "lazy-tongs" mechanism, possibly Portuguese

Cupping set used by Edward Jenner, late 18th century.

Cupping set, incomplete, comprises one scarificator, three cupping glasses, one bottle, one canister, one kettle(?), used by Edward Jenner, late 18th century, in mahogany case. This is ordinary equipment all surgeons would have owned. The English doc

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.

'Good Morning' lung tonic, late 20th century.

Collection of drugs from India. Glass bottle of Kulzam with a stopper and metal foil wrapper, boxed with instructions and plastic pipette; 14 small pills of Agrikuma rasa in a sealable plastic bag; tin of 100 Habb-e-kabid Noshadari pills used for in

Castle constructed from various drugs, 1978-1980.

Exhibition model of castle made from various pills and drug containers, made by the East London Health Project, 1978-1980