The Science and Art of Medicine


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    Pharmacy jar, Islamic, probably 18th century.

    Earthenware drug jar, glazed, Islamic

    Bust of the physician Marcus Modius Asiaticus, Roman, 2nd century AD.

    Plaster replica of a bust of Marcus Modius (or Piodius) Asiaticus, possibly a physcian, original Roman, 101-200.

    Wooden statue of St Cornelius, probably French, 17th century.

    Wooden statue of St. Cornelius, probably French, c. 1601-1700. Cornelius was ordained as Bishop of Rome in 251. As a saint he is invoked against a number of medical conditions, including earache and epilepsy.

    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

    Palm nuts with cloth bag, Nigeria, 1880-1920.

    A set of palm nuts usually kept in the blue cloth bag. Diviners of the Yoruba people of Nigeria pass sixteen palm nuts from hand to hand eight times. Each time, one or two nuts are kept in the hand and this is marked on a board. The diviner reads t

    ‘Livingstone’ Medicine Chest

    Algot Lange, the Swedish-American explorer, took this medicine chest on his adventures in the Amazon rainforest in 1911.

    Box containing ampoules of Strophanthus extract, 1917.

    A box containing ampoules of Strophanthin, an extract from the Strophanthus plant, made by the Burroughs Wellcome & Co. Ripe seeds from Strophanthus gratus and kombé plants contain a chemical that works on the heart. In Europe it has been made into t