The Science and Art of Medicine


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    Combined alembic and cucurbit, probably 19th century.

    Pale green glass alembic with cucurbit, probably English, 19th century

    Bronze toiletry mirror, Egyptian, 800 BC-100 BC.

    Bronze toiletry mirror, Egyptian, 800BC-100BC

    Bronze Age 'base ring' juglets, Cyprus, 14th century BC.

    "Base Ring" juglet with handle, of polished earthenware, with decorative relief bands and traces of dark slip, from Cyprus, 1600BC-1400BC. Earthenware is a low-fired ceramic that is porous unless covered with glaze. Most clays can be used to produce

    Ancient Egyptian eye amulets, 4000-30 BC.

    Faience amulet, eye, Egyptian, 4000-30BC

    Marey sphygmograph, 1866-1900.

    Marey sphygmograph, with Foster's and Anstie's modifications, in case, by Breguet, Paris

    Percussor and pleximeter, 19th century.

    Bone and metal percussor and ivory and metal pleximeter, cased.

    Spirometer, 1876-1900.

    Respirometer, manufactured by Walker Lecuyer, Paris. This is of a similar design to Hutchinson�s. The subject breathed into the inner gasholder via a tube connected to the inlet pipe at the base. The gasholder is balanced over water by the counter we

    Quain's stethometer, late 19th century.

    Quain's stethometer in case, by Delolme and supplied by Coxeter, London. Sir Richard Quain (1816-1898) devised the stethometer to measure the difference in mobility of each side of the chest, as an aid to diagnosis.

    Brissez's bi-valve intra-uterine speculum, French, 1841-1900.

    This instrument has a spring mechanism for the blades and is gold-plated with an ivory handle. It was manufactured by Collin of Paris, France and is from the Charrierre, Colin and Gentile collection. Brissez invented this type of intra-uterine specul

    Sphygmomanometer (blood pressure apparatus), late 19th century.

    Part of von Basch sphygmomanometer, owned by T.L. Brunton