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18th Century Medical and Scientific

Everything to do with medicine, apothecary-physicians, dental, medical and scientific research and instrumentation.

Nicolas Andry de Bois-Regard (1658–1742) established a solid link between the muscular-skeletal apparatus and physical exercise in his famous text "L'Orthopédie ou L'art De prévenir et de corriger Dans les enfants, Les difformités du corps." [Orthopedics or the art of preventing and correcting deformities of the body in children] 1741. The French physician coined the term "Orthopedie" (orthopaedic/orthopedic).

"The higher the heels, the greater will be the distortion [to the foot]...and the higher the heel and the smaller the sole, the greater becomes the risk of falls and sprains."—Professor Petrus Camper (1722-1789) Wrote one of the most remarkable books in orthopedic literature, "On the Best Form of Shoe" 1761. Translated immediately and repeatedly into several European languages and considered worthy of reprint as late as 1861. Click image (taken from Camper's book) to see distortion at work.

Dissection detail from The Anatomy lesson by Tibout Regters, 1758. See full image here:

The Anatomy lesson of the city surgeon Petrus Camper in Amsterdam; with Petrus Camper, Loth Lothz, Pieter Jas, Coenraad Nelson, Nicolaas van der Meulen, Abraham Richard, Johannes Stijger, Gerrit van der Weert (far left the servant Van der Weert), 1758, by Tibout Regters. Note brain on a platter center foreground.

"The Apothecary" by Frans Van Mieris (1689–1763) (II), (1714), from The Rijksmuseum

Apothecary Recipe Preparation table, mid-18thC, Engle (Angel) Pharmacy, Mergentheim.

Apothecary jar, Italy, 1730-1750 This apothecary jar is illustrated with scenes of a circumcision and three devils’ heads. Entwined snakes form the handles. The devil’s head at the base appears to be a dispensing hole for the contents of this large jar.

Pair of apothecary storage jars, Naples, Italy, 1756. These earthenware jars are illustrated with scenes from both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.

Modern replica of an 18th century fracture box, Colonial Williamsburg. In the 18th century, fractured limbs were set by either a surgeon or a bone-setter, after which they were immobilized with a splint and bandages. In the case of a broken leg where the patient required bed rest, a fracture box like this one would elevate and support the limb.

Wooden anatomical figure with removable parts and container, German, c.1700. Museum No A118272 Wellcome Images

The first written account of the show globe as a specific symbol of pharmacy occurred in 1775 by a German visitor to London, who wrote in a letter: "The street looks as though it were illuminated for some festivity; the apothecaries and druggists display glasses filled with gay-colored spirit . . . [which] suffuse many a wide space with a purple, yellow, or azure light."

Colorful Show Globes of the apothecary were common place in England and its colonies by the eighteenth century. There were published directions on how to prepare the colors to fill these popular globes. For example, a crimson or pink color could be made by dissolving nickel in nitric acid and adding a cobalt in ammonia solution. By 1789, show globes were exported to the United States, as publicized in New York advertisements.

Tortoise shell Etui with six thumb lancets, 1770, England. Eilver, steel, tortoiseshell. The case is studded with tiny sterling silver pins. There are 3 engraved sterling silver studs above the hinge and 3 more below. The top of the lid has a sterling silver cartouche, engraved with the initials ’JEM’. The steel lancet blades are protected by tortoise shell handles. Phisick

Rivet spectacles, 1765-1775, England, tortoise shell surrounds in a fitted shagreen etui. The nose bridge is in silver and the piece dates to circa 1770. Shagreen, silver, horn, glass. Phisick

Bed rest, adjustable, England, c.1720. plaster & wood with padded red velvet supports. Used in a hospital or at home to support a person who had been confined to bed – perhaps for medical reasons. Has 6 different positions & is adjusted using a ratchet, the set of teeth on the edge of the support bars ensures the rest stays in position. The arm supports are also adjustable. Judging from the quality of the materials and design, the rest was used by a wealthy person. Wellcome Images. Ref: A602069

Disability from 1660-1832. English Heritage (Photo of The York Retreat) Support for people with disabilities was mostly an individual's Christian and civic duty, not the state's. The parish might give you poor relief, but only if you were destitute as well as disabled. As a disabled person in society, your life was often harsh and brutal, like everyone else's.

1780s "New invention for descending from the top of a building without the aid of a staircase."

Louis XV's flying chair, Cross-sections and plans of the mechanism designed by Blaise-Henri Arnoult, Agence des Bâtiments du roi. 1743 - See more at: sciences.chateauv...

Drawings of Hearing Trumpets [term Ear Trumpet used from ca.1776 OED]

The meteor of 18 August 1783 as it appeared from the terrace at Windsor Castle - Thomas Sandby. From the Untold Lives blog post 'Meteorites and other extraordinary phenomena in northern India'

Set of Three 18th Century Pharmacy Jars, France. Last quarter of 18th century

Apothecary chest, ca.1700 -1760. Case made of mahogany wood, reinforced with bronze and lined with velvet plush. Opens as a convenient chest with drawers. Remnants of labels in Latin on some of the drawers. Secret lockable drawer on the back, which was used to store some tools made of gold as well as special medicines. bronze handle. Included: amputation saw, surgical needles, scalpel, scissors, bullet probes made of natural bone, metal bullet extractor (scoop), scales, bottles, jars etc.

Portable Apothecary cabinet, 1770s, England, Mahogany. two working keys to the original fitted locks. Upon lifting the lid and opening the two doors to the front, the most magnificent fully-fitted interior is revealed with an arrangement of fifteen bottle compartments, along with four miniature drawers and two full-width drawers all with their original turned ivory pull handles. www.antiques-atla...

The Apothecary by Frans Van Mieris(II) 1714

Moses Harris, Prismatic colors, [1766]. Mimicking the spread of light from a source, Harris places the pure colors at the center of his circle and the lightest at the outer edge. Source: From Moses Harris, The Natural System of Colours . . . (London, [1766]).