Title: Spreading calipers used by Dr. Montague Cobb

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Date: mid 20th century

Source: Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Copyright/Permissions: Public Domain. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Dr. Michael L. Blakey

Location(s): Washington D.C., USA

 

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Categories: Implements and Devices Nurses and Physicians

Title: Photograph (black and white); of an illustration depicting a scene featuring an Indigenous Australian man seated underneath a shelter made from leaves, and ten objects including a neck ornament, a spear and eight other unidentified Indigenous Australian objects; Australia. Gelatin silver print

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Source: The British Museum

Copyright/Permissions: © The Trustees of the British Museum. Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

Location(s): Australia

 

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Categories: Implements and Devices Indigenous Medicine and Healers

Title: Native American medicine man sucking out disease with special hollow bone, Chippewa Indian (Ojibwa)

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Source: Wellcome Collection

Copyright/Permissions: Native American medicine man sucking out disease with special hollow bone, Chippewa Indian (Ojibwa). Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

Location(s): North America

 

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Categories: Implements and Devices Indigenous Medicine and Healers

Title: Amuletic necklet, made of bones of relative, against toothache and other pains, Andaman Islands

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Source: Wellcome Collection

Copyright/Permissions: Amuletic necklet, made of bones of relative, Andaman Islands. Credit: Wellcome Collection.
Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

Location(s): Andaman Islands

 

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Categories: Implements and Devices Indigenous Medicine and Healers

Title: Australian medicine man with magic healing crystal

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Date:  [1931]

Source: Wellcome Collection

Copyright/Permissions: Sixty centuries of health and physick : the progress of ideas from primitive magic to modern medicine / by S.G. Blaxland Stubbs and E.W. Bligh; with an introduction by Sir Humphry Rolleston, bart.. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

Location(s): Australia

 

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Categories: Implements and Devices Indigenous Medicine and Healers

Title: Lancet owned by Edward Jenner

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Date: 1720-1800

Source: Science Museum, London

Copyright/Permissions: Lancet owned by Edward Jenner, England, 1720-1800. Credit: Science Museum, London. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

References: Boylston, Arthur. “The Origins of Inoculation,” Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, Vol. 105, no. 7 (2012): 309-313; Schiebinger, Londa. Secret cures of slaves: people, plants, and medicine in the eighteenth-century Atlantic world. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2017. John Quier and Donald Monro. Letters and essays on the small-pox and inoculation, the measles, the dry belly-ache, the yellow and remitting and intermitting fevers of the West Indies. London: Printed for J. Murray and C. Elliot, 1778.

Location(s): London, England

Commentary: This short blade is called a lancet. This medical tool was used to inoculate subjects with a sample of viral material, a common but risky practice in the eighteenth century. British physician John Quier exceeded the limits of the safety of smallpox inoculation in his cruel experiments on enslaved people in Jamaica by inoculating at-risk patients including pregnant women, children, and patients suffering from other illnesses.

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Categories: Implements and Devices Slavery and Medical Knowledge Vaccination

Title: Dr. James Marion Sims and nurse repairing a vesico-vaginal fistula patient. From Henry Savage, The Surgery, Surgical Pathology, and Surgical Anatomy of the Female Pelvic Organs, in a Series of Coloured Plates Taken from Nature. With Commentaries, Notes, and Cases. Second Edition. London, John Churchill & Sons, 1870. Hand-coloured lithograph, Folio – leaf: 313 x 240 mm.

Artist/Maker: J.B. Léveillé

Date: 1870

Source: Hagströmer Medico-Historical Library

Copyright/Permissions: Hagströmer Medico-Historical Library, Karolinska Institutet

References: Owens, Deirdre Cooper. Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and The Origins of American Gynecology. Athens, GA: UGA Press, 2017.

Location(s): Montgomery, Alabama, USA; London, England

Commentary: U.S. physician James Marion Sims (1813-1883) experimented on enslaved Black women such as Anarcha, Betsy, and Lucy, operating on them without anesthesia to develop various gynecological procedures (including a treatment for vesicovaginal fistula). Taken from a 19th century medical text, this image depicts Sim’s female patient as white, erasing Sims’s exploitation of Black women and the key role they were forced to play in the founding of modern gynecological medicine.

 

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