The history of medicine: From cures to curiosities
The home enema set, the bullet extractor, the iron lung... an online exibition gives a fascinating insight into the history of medicine
Tuesday 24 March 2009
An instinct for self preservation is a defining characteristic of all creatures. Sir Henry Wellcome (1853 – 1936) set out to explore its human expression by amassing an astonishing range of objects used since antiquity to fend off death. Using the profits from the drug company he founded, he collected around one million items, first exhibited in in 1913.
Around 100,000 of them are on loan to the Science Museum which this month launched a new website, Brought to Life: Exploring the History of Medicine, showcasing 2,500 of the most interesting of them. From anaesthetic machines to anti-masturbation devices, they offer a glimpse into our obsessive quest for health and wellbeing. Robert Bud, principal curator of medicine at the Science Museum says: "Henry Wellcome saw in the development of medicine the development of all human civilisation. He had a real faith in medicine as a pillar of culture."
Life & Style blogs
The Evil Within preview: a survival horror fan’s best worst nightmare
36-year-old skeleton of dead baby found inside Indian woman
Porn film production likely to stop in Los Angeles after actor tests positive for HIV
The 3D-printed key that can unlock anything
Anal sex study reveals climate of 'coercion'
- 1 Keira Knightley topless: Conservative actress does own take on #Freethenipple campaign for Interview Magazine
- 2 Argentina may change its capital city from Buenos Aires, says president
- 3 Joan Rivers: 'Palestinians deserve to be dead'
- 4 The 3D-printed key that can unlock anything
- 5 Lady al-Qa’ida: On the trail of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, the world’s most wanted prisoner
- < Previous
- Next >
£30000 - £33000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: Junior SQL DBA...
£35000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# Web Develop...
£60000 - £70000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: Senior Data Sc...
Highly Attractive Salary: Austen Lloyd: BRISTOL - This is a very unusual law c...