Our regular column for Lancet takes a medically related object and uses it to to explore medicine's rich past.

We began appropriately with a Lancet and have continued with some fascinating material goods from the world of medicine.

Inguinal hernia truss

Fever Chart

Silver eye bath

Robert Koch's culture tunes

Pharmacy jar

Chisholm chloroform inhaler

The Straitjacket

The Herbarium Sheet

The matula

Blood Bottles 

Egyptian cowrie necklace

William Harvey's demonstration rod






Lancet and case, the property of Thomas Dimsdale (1712–1800), said to have been used to inoculate Empress Catherine of Russia in 1768

Courtesy of the Hunterian Museum at the The Royal College of Surgeons