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    • 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…

    • 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.…

    • 1898

    Intended as a health reference book for the family, topics include diseases, anatomy, hygiene, care of the sick, medicinal plants and administration of medicine. Select anatomical diagrams have been digitized along with…

    • 1898

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

    • 1898

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

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 1992-Nov-05 (First session)
    • 1992-Nov-07 (Second session)
    • 1992-Nov-09 (Third session)

    Charles M. Rubin grew up in Deal, New Jersey. He was especially interested in science and mathematics, enjoying problem-solving. Rubin entered the University of Pennsylvania for his undergraduate degree. He spent…