The Science and Art of Medicine

     

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    Packet of healthy breakfast mixture, c 2005.

    A packet of healthy breakfast mixture, produced in accordance with Unani Tibb medical practices. Like many medical systems, Tibb states that everything eaten affects health. By eating the correct food for each personal temperament, the humours can b

     
    A medicine chest for cholera, English, 1849-1900.

    Medicine chest for cholera, by Godfrey and Cooke, English, 1849-1900

     
    Italian pharmacy jar, 1641.

    Albarello vase, Italian, from Rome or Deruta, 1641, polychrome maiolica, used for theriaca by the Jesuits

     
    Two pharmacy jars, 18th century.

    Italian pharmacy vase, 18th century polychrome maiolica made at Castelli, used for lily water

     

    A box containing a bottle of Masturin, a Unani Tibb herbal medicine used to treat menstrual problems. Unani Tibb medicines have been produced commercially for about 70 years in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

     
    Tobold's laryngeal syringe, early 20th century.

    Laryngeal syringe, Tobold type, steel and glass, by Down Bros. of London

     
    Large moxa roll wrapped in paper, Chinese, 1988.

    A stick of moxibustion herbs wrapped in paper. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, moxibustion treatment gives heat to a point on the body, which makes qi energy flow smoothly. The herbs can be burned on or close to the skin, or on top of acu

     

    A box containing sachets of Joshina, a Unani Tibb herbal medicine used to treat coughs and colds. Unani Tibb medicines have been produced commercially for about 70 years in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

     
    Bag with objects for divination, Africa, 1880-1930.

    A woven string bag containing objects used for divination. The bag contains thirty-six objects including animal bones, pebbles, nut kernels and a hoof, each of which means something specific to a diviner. The objects are thrown onto a mat and the pat

     
    Statue of St Anthony the Hermit, Dutch, 16th century.

    Statue of Saint Anthony the Hermit, Dutch, 16th century. St. Anthony was patron saint of those afflicted with ergotism, also known as St. Anthony's fire, a skin disease caused by grain infected by the ergot fungus. St Anthony's fire is symbolised by