The Science and Art of Medicine


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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

Pharmacy leech jar, English, 1830-1870.

Pharmacy leech jar, marbled and gilt earthenware, perhaps Staffordshire, English, inscribed � Leeches�.

Three Italian earthenware pharmacy jars, 1520-1580.

Albarello vase, Italian from Deruta, 1539, buff and blue maiolica, used for pomegranate flowers (?)

Dispensing pot, English, 1860-1885.

Creamware dispensing pot, supplied by Beach and Barnicott, 1860 to 1885


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

Silicea 200 K, homeopathic remedy, India, 2005.

A vial containing pills of homoeopathic remedy Silicea 200 K. Homeopathy is practised widely in India, and the support of India’s political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi helped homeopathy gain more acceptance. Today it is recognised as a medica