The Science and Art of Medicine


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    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.

    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

    Homeopathic 'travel kit', India, 2005.

    A modern homeopathic 'travel kit' with ten different homeopathic pills and a box of Calendula antiseptic cream. Many people treat themselves using homeopathic remedies. This travel first-aid kit comes with instructions for treating common problems su

    Brass enema syringe, possibly Portugese, 18th century.

    Brass enema syringe, piston-action, driven by "lazy-tongs" mechanism, possibly Portuguese