The Science and Art of Medicine

 

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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

 
J S Haldane's oxygen tent for four people, early 20th century.
 
Votive male torso, Roman, 200BC-200AD.

Votive male torso, dissected to show viscera, reputedly from Isola Farnese in Italy, Roman, 200BC-200AD. Votive offerings were gifts given to the gods in prayer. These would often be in the form or representation of the injured or diseased part of th

 
Bronze surgical knives, Egypt and Mesopotamia, c 600-200 BC.

Knife, brocze, with hooked blade, believed to have been used for cutting attachments of internal organs in evisceration prior to embalming, Egyptian, 600-200BC

 
Roman votive eyes and ears, bronze, 200 BC-100 AD.

Votive eyes, bronze, Roman, 200BC-100AD

 
Bronze seated figurine of the young Imhotep, 900 BC - 300 BC.

Bronze seated figurine of the young Imhotep, Egyptian, 900-300BC

 
Wooden statue of St Cornelius, probably French, 17th century.

Wooden statue of St. Cornelius, probably French, c. 1601-1700. Cornelius was ordained as Bishop of Rome in 251. As a saint he is invoked against a number of medical conditions, including earache and epilepsy.

 
Wooden statue of St Benignus, probably French, 17th century.

Wooden statue of Saint Benignus, France, probably c. 1601-1700. Benignus may have been a missionary priest from Lyons who was martyred at Epagny, France in the late second century under the Roman emperor Aurelian. He is depicted, during his martyrdom

 
Statue of St Anthony the Hermit, Dutch, 16th century.

Statue of Saint Anthony the Hermit, Dutch, 16th century. St. Anthony was patron saint of those afflicted with ergotism, also known as St. Anthony's fire, a skin disease caused by grain infected by the ergot fungus. St Anthony's fire is symbolised by

 
Three pairs of Roman surgical shears, 200-500 AD.

Surgical shears, small, bronze, Roman