The Science and Art of Medicine


    On Display

    '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

    Powder insufflator, 1871-1900.

    This instrument is made out of vulcanite, horn and silk. Insufflators are used to blow air, or in this case medicated powder, into the lungs or into a body cavity.

    Reconstructed skull, repaired by titanium cranioplasty, 1980.

    This is a copy of a skull that has been repaired by titanium craniplasty, a technique developed by George Blair and Derek Gordon at the Royal Victorial Hospital in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It was manufactured by Down�s Surgical Ltd., Mitcham, Surre

    Baker-Brown's cautery clamps, French, 1841-1900.

    This instrument consists of thin blades with auxiliary ivory plates and screw clamps, and has handles that are backed by horn plates. It was manufactured by Collin of Paris, France and is from the Charrierre, Colin and Gentile collection. The clamp i

    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.

    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

    Haemostatic set, British, 1871-1900.

    This pocket set contains the following equipment: forceps, catheter, director and scoop, thread, and 3 bottles - one full. It was manufactured by Coxeter, London, and was used in attempts to control post partum bleeding. The forceps and thread were f

    Smellie's obstetrical forceps, c 1820.

    These are short obstetrical forceps, following the design of the English surgeon William Smellie, 1697-1763, which he described in 1751. The forcep blades are designed with two curves, the cephalic curve to fit the child�s head and the pelvic curve t

    Toothbrush set, c 1790.

    A silver toothbrush set, once owned by Joseph Hardy Lindsey. The Chinese are credited with inventing the use of toothbrushes and toothpastes, although the ancient Egyptians used branches with frayed ends to clean their teeth. In the West, the use of