The Science and Art of Medicine


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    Perpetual calendar, English, 1822-1869.

    This calendar was designed for calculating the time of parturition � childbirth � and is made out of wood and ivory. The outer wheel is divided into four parts labelled: Conception, Quickening, Foetus Viable, and Parturition. It was manufactured by F

    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.

    Medicine chest, c 1800.

    Medicine chest, winged front, from Reece's Medical Hall, Piccadilly, with 30 painted glass bottles and 4 drawers, 5 confection glasses, 1 probang, 3 boxes, 1 plaster spreader, 1 seal, 1 spatula, 1 bowl, 1 pill tile, 1 fleam, 1 lancet, 2 syringes, 4

    Mahogany medicine chest, 19th century.

    Mahogany medicine chest, C19

    Two pharmacy jars, 1723-1763.

    Tin-glazed earthenware drug jar, peacock motif, used for hiera picra electuary, by the Porcelain Dish factory, Dutch, 1723-1763

    Persian pharmacy jar, 12th century.

    Earthenware albarello, glazed, Persian, 12th century

    Ancient Egyptian amulet representing the god Thoth, 4000-30 BC.

    Amulet representing the god Thoth, Ancient Egyptian, 4000-30 BC. Carved from the blue rock, lapis lazuli, Thoth was one of the most popular Egyptian gods and had multiple roles in Egyptian mythology. He was the god of wisdom, writing and the moon, t

    Roman glass bottles, 3rd to 5th century AD.

    Glass bottle, long neck, two handles, Roman, 251-450AD. Glass appears to have been produced as far back as the second millennium BC by the Egyptians and perhaps the Phoenicians. Around the end of the 1st century BC glass-blowing was developed, whereb

    Roman vaginal speculum, 100 BC-400 AD.

    Bronze vaginal speculum, probably Roman, found in the Lebanon, made c. 100BC to 400AD, although the screw part is modern. It comprises a priapiscus with dovetailing valves which are opened and closed by a handle with a screw mechanism. It shows the r

    Phlebotomy measuring device, Egyptian, c 1354.

    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