The Science and Art of Medicine

     

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    Bag with objects for divination, Africa, 1880-1930.

    A woven string bag containing objects used for divination. The bag contains thirty-six objects including animal bones, pebbles, nut kernels and a hoof, each of which means something specific to a diviner. The objects are thrown onto a mat and the pat

     
    Laryngeal ecraseur, late 19th century.

    MacKenzie's laryngeal ecraseur, plated steel and ebony, probably British

     
    Brass stereotaxic apparatus, English, c 1905.

    Stereotaxic apparatus, brass, used by Sir Victor Horsley and Richard Clarke, made by Swift and Son, London. The following two items are connected with this object: 1) Sir Victor Horsley's laboratory notebook 1904-1905 containing records (written and

     
    Wax male anatomical figure, Italy, 1776-1780.

    This half-life-size figure showing the body�s muscle system is one of a series of eight made in the 1770s for La Specola zoological museum in Florence, Italy. They were trial pieces for a set of similar but life-size figures. Made of beeswax, they sh

     
    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

     
    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

     
    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.

     
    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

     
    Haemodynamometer, c 1900.

    Haemadynamometer, in case by Hawksley, English

     
    Sibson type combined percussor and pleximeter, c 1860.

    Combined percussor and pleximeter, in case, Sibson type