The Medicine Cabinet: The Story of Health and Disease Told Through Extraordinary Objects

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The Medicine Cabinet is a beautifully curated and expertly written compendium of over 100 astonishing objects related to the story of medicine.

Published in association with the Science Museum, The Medicine Cabinet is a rich visual exploration of life, death and everything in between.

Each object cared for by the Science Museum is a profound reminder of the fragility of human existence, but also of the extraordinary lengths gone to by scientists, medical professionals and ordinary people in the attempt to conquer mortality.

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The Science Museum houses one of the largest and most significant collections of medical artefacts in the world - including a Bronze Age trepanned skull, healing water from an Ancient Greek well, a seventeenth-century barber's pole, a pharmacist's ceramic leech jar, a gold memento mori ring, First World War blood transfusion apparatus and a prototype MRI scanner.

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  • Authors: Natasha McEnroe; Selina Hurley
  • Publisher: Andre Deutsch
  • Hardback; 256 pages


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