Medicine and Biology

    Netsuke inscribed with acupuncture meridians, Japanese, 18th-19th century

    Brought to life

    See thousands of fascinating and intriguing objects about the History of Medicine

    Marie Curie

    Find out about the extraordinary work of Marie Curie and her family.

    Blog posts

    Early flying machine

    Read posts about medicine on Stories from the Stores, our collections blog.


    Defining and treating addiction is a modern problem. Find out more.

    Science meets medicine

    From the mid-nineteenth century science contributes to diagnosis and treatment.

    Medicine as new technology

    New science helps medicine identify and cure previously untreatable problems.

    Living medical traditions

    Across the world, many different medical traditions thrive, each one changing and developing in response to the shifting culture in which it is practiced.

    What is life?

    Second World War ideas about codes and information help crack the structure of DNA.

    World War One

    Nations commit their entire populations and all their industries to the fight.