The Science and Art of Medicine


    On Display

    Wax anatomical figure of a reclining female, c 1771-1780.

    This model of a female lying on a velvet cloth is inside a glass display case. The figure is made from bees-wax and hair and the front can be removed to reveal the internal organs, some of which can themselves be removed. The model was probably manuf

    Bronze male anatomical figure on a marble stand, 1750-1800.

    This is an ecorche, a sculpture designed to show the muscles of the body without skin. It illustrates the male anatomy and is English, following the design of Spang. A similar figure is shown being held by William Hunter (1718-1783) in a portrait fro

    Vesalius dissecting the muscles of the forearm of a cadaver, 1543.

    This illustration is from Vesalius�s work �De humani corporis fabrica� (�On the Structure of the Human Body�). The book was first published in 1543 and contained detailed descriptions and illustrations of human anatomy. This woodcut is from the seco

    Three pairs of Roman surgical shears, 200-500 AD.

    Surgical shears, small, bronze, Roman

    'A Midwife going to a labour', 1811.

    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

    Alchemical furnace & iron mannikin, 1500-1700.

    Alchemist's digesting furnace, or anthanot, stoneware, German, 1501-1700

    Petit tourniquet, late 18th or early 19th century.

    Petit tourniquet said to have been used by Dr. Gillespie on the HMS Victory, 1805

    Hunting trousse, English, c 1570.

    Hunting trousse, steel, brass and mahogany, English

    Two medicine chests used by explorers, late 19th-early 20th century.

    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

    Asclepius, marble statuette, Greek, 400-200 BC.

    Marble statue of Aesculapius, probably Greek, 400-200 BC