The Science and Art of Medicine


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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

Vaginal speculum, 1870-1901.

This type of vaginal specula has four blades and was invented by Meadows. It is made out of steel and was constructed by S. Maw Son and Thompson of London, England. Once the speculum had been inserted into the vagina the four blades could be spread o