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    • circa 1953

    The Manometric Blood Gas Apparatus was a revision on the original, fairly simple volumetric glass apparatus designed by Dr. Van Slyke in around 1917. The instrument liberated and isolated "the desired gas contained in a…

    • 1940 – 1949

    This vessel is believed to be one of the original fermentation pans used by researchers at Oxford University to produce penicillin in the 1940s.

    Rectangular porcelain vessel used for growing penicillin; sealed at all…

    • 1958

    Hollow 8 mm tube of crimped, flexible Dacron (synthetic polyester fiber), off-white in color, and pink orange product label housed in original sealed plastic bag. Typically in the shape of a tube, Dacron grafts are…

    • 1752

    Bowls like this one were used to catch the blood released by bleeding. The appearance of blood was a useful diagnostic tool for physicians, who examined it for clues about the body's internal state. This large bowl was…

    • Part of The Book of Health
    • 1898

    Depicts mullein, rosemary, nettle, and deadly nightshade.

    • Part of The Book of Health
    • 1898

    Depicts peony, St. John's wort, aconite or monkshood, and lily of the valley.

    • Part of The Book of Health
    • 1898

    Depicts a mad dog, scorpion, rattlesnake, tarantula, centipede, and copperhead.

    • Part of The Book of Health
    • 1898

    Depicts dill, peppermint, spurge-laurel, and black bryony.

    • Part of The Book of Health
    • 1898

    Depicts parsley, valerian, foxglove, and crowfoot.

    • Part of The Book of Health
    • 1898

    Depicts buckthorn, fennel, tansy, and wood sorrel.

    • Part of The Book of Health
    • 1898

    Depicts stavesacre, golden rod, lime, and bear berry.

    • Part of The Book of Health
    • 1898

    Depicts hemlock, barberry, elder, and oak.

    • Part of The Book of Health
    • 1898

    Depicts bittersweet, chamomile, caraway, and Herb Robert.

    • Part of The Book of Health
    • 1898

    Depicts scurvy-grass, colchicum or meadow saffron, garlic, and horse-radish.

    • Part of The Book of Health
    • 1898

    Depicts juniper, black currant, white horehound, and coltsfoot.

    • Part of The Book of Health
    • 1898

    Depicts plantain, white poppy, pennyroyal, and bearsfoot.

    • Part of The Book of Health
    • 1898

    Depicts thorn-apple, asparagus, marsh mallow, and hop.

    • Part of The Book of Health
    • 1898

    Depicts henbane, calamint, sage, and mustard.

    • Part of The Book of Health
    • 1898

    Depicts saffron, meadow-sweet, hedge-mustard, and hedge-nettle.

    • At the Alchemist
    • circa 1820 – circa 1870

    In a small workshop a medical alchemist tends to the foot of a seated patient while the man's wife and child look on. At left, an assistant grinds a substance--likely a medicine or salve--in a small mortar and pestle.…