The Science and Art of Medicine


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    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

    Pewter box for transporting leeches, 19th century.

    Pewter leech box, inscribed �Leeches�.

    Stoneware patent leech jar, late 19th century.

    Leech jar, stoneware, with lid and iron clamp for lid, inscribed 'Patent Leech Jar'.

    Two leech jars, 19th century.

    Pottery leech jar, with lid and iron clamp for lid, sides perforated for ventilation, 19th century. Illustrated on the right, next to A637617, another leech jar.

    Magneto-electric machine, late 19th century.

    Magneto-electric machine, with elaborate workmanship by John Green, London. Similar in principle but not structure to Davis machines

    Plastic vomit bowl with handle, 2005.

    A plastic vomit bowl used during panchakarma, an Ayurvedic therapy. Vomiting aims to drive out harmful doshas (forces) and waste products and is induced by taking a drink containing ingredients such as liquorice or calamus root. Therapeutic vomiting

    '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

    Double obstetrical fillet, 1851-1900.

    This instrument was used for making traction on the foetus during childbirth. It is thought to be composed of whalebone and was manufactured by Wood of York.