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.