The Science and Art of Medicine


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    R B Ede's portable laboratory, English, 1840-1900.

    Ede's portable chemical laboratory with 14 labelled bottles and 46 labelled boxes of samples, by R.B. Ede, English, 1840-1900

    Cage for transporting leeches, 19th century.
    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

    Spanish jug, possibly 17th century.

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

    Amuletic necklace, West Africa, 1880-1920.

    An amuletic necklace made of horn, claw, nuts and metal, strung together on a leather thong. It is common to put medicine in an animal horn, and necklace charms are often worn around the neck as protection against illness and ill fortune.


    A container of Neem tablets, a commercially available herbal medicine used by practitioners of Ayurveda, manufactured by The Himalaya Drug Company in Bangalore, India and distributed by Vedic Medical Hall Ltd., London.

    Buddhist prayer flags, 2005.

    A string of prayer flags from the Nepalese village of Kunde. Flags are attached to the roofs of buildings to bring good luck and good health. They are changed at least twice a year - usually in the spring and autumn. The new flags offer fresh prayers

    Model ear showing acupuncture points, 1970-1985.

    A modern plastic model showing acupuncture points in the ear. In early 1950s France, Dr Paul Nogier developed a detailed map of acupuncture points in the ear. Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners all over the world quickly adopted it.

    Statue of Dhanvantari, Hindu god of medicine, USA, 2005.

    A painted plaster statue of Dhanvantari, the Hindu god of medicine. Dhanvantari is said to have revealed the secrets of Ayurveda, and here he is shown carrying the elixir of life in a white container. Today, Ayurvedic doctors and their patients belon