Model of a blood letting device as described by muslim scholar Al-Jazari in AD 1204-6, and reconstructed in 1977. It measured the blood lost during phlebotomy (blood-letting) sessions, a popular therapy in the Arab world. It is illustrated in Al-Jaza
Statue of Hygeia, made of white marble, found at Ostia, Roman, 250-100BC. Hygeia was the Greek and Roman goddess of health and is the root word for hygiene.
Bronze cupping vessel, from Pompeii, Roman, 1-79AD. Cupping was an ancient therapy intended to restore the balance of the body. It remained popular in the Western world until the 19th century.
Faience amulet, djed, Egyptian, 400-30BC
This is a hand coloured etching by Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827) published by T Tegg, London. It is headed �Teggs Caricatures, No.55�, and shows the midwife as a blowsy, obese aged woman, who has been called out on a squally night, her hooded red clo
Alchemist's digesting furnace, or anthanot, stoneware, German, 1501-1700
Petit tourniquet said to have been used by Dr. Gillespie on the HMS Victory, 1805
Hunting trousse, steel, brass and mahogany, English
Medicine chest, used by Livingstone on his last journey, 1874, small, leather, with drugs, including some from Treacher of Bombay and Poona, in 17 glass bottles, a lancet, caustic pencil, one brass weight and a folder plaster, 11860-1874
Marble statue of Aesculapius, probably Greek, 400-200 BC