The Science and Art of Medicine

     

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    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

     
    Laryngeal ecraseur, late 19th century.

    MacKenzie's laryngeal ecraseur, plated steel and ebony, probably British

     
    Brass stereotaxic apparatus, English, c 1905.

    Stereotaxic apparatus, brass, used by Sir Victor Horsley and Richard Clarke, made by Swift and Son, London. The following two items are connected with this object: 1) Sir Victor Horsley's laboratory notebook 1904-1905 containing records (written and

     
    Wax male anatomical figure, Italy, 1776-1780.

    This half-life-size figure showing the body�s muscle system is one of a series of eight made in the 1770s for La Specola zoological museum in Florence, Italy. They were trial pieces for a set of similar but life-size figures. Made of beeswax, they sh

     
    Wax male anatomical figure, Italy, 1740-1780.

    This is a figure of a man with most of his skin peeled back to reveal some of the anatomy of the body. It is made from coloured wax and is mounted on a wooden stand. It is thought to be the work of Anna Morandi Manzolini (1716-74) an Italian craftswo

     
    Wax male anatomical figure, Italy, 1740-1780.

    This is a figure of a man with most of his skin peeled back to reveal some of the anatomy of the body. It is made from coloured wax and is mounted on a wooden stand. It is thought to be the work of Anna Morandi Manzolini (1716-74) an Italian craftswo

     

    A bottle containing Strophanthus Tincture tablets, made by 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 tablets, powders or solutions for inj

     
    Fu ling fungus, 1850-1920.

    A fungus (Sclerotium poriae cocos) known as Fu ling in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and used to treat vertigo.

     

    A glass bottle containing Kola Compound elixir, made by Parke, Davis and Co., derived from African kola nuts. The active ingedient in kola nuts is caffeine, and its stimulating effect makes it useful in medicines worldwide.

     
    Spanish jug, possibly 17th century.

    Tin-glazed earthenware jug, polychrome decoration, illustrates administration of an enema, with inscription, Spanish