COLLECTION HIGHLIGHTS

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THE MIDWIFE'S POCKET COMPANION

This book, dated 1765 contains chapters on the female anatomy and of natural and unnatural births.

death mask

This head is one of ten in the Museum’s collection. They are plaster casts of the heads of Worcester criminals hanged in the early 1800s.

Penicillin War Wounds

pamphlet for penicillin

Pamphlet issued by the Medical Research Council, 1944. This antibiotic was produced in enough quantities to treat troops by D-Day in 1944 and was nicknamed the ‘wonder drug’.

1948 staff photo

1948 Hospital Staff 

Medical staff outside the former Worcester Royal Infirmary in 1948, the year the National Health Service was formed.

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JOSEPH LISTER'S CARBOLIC SPRAY

This is an early example of a carbolic acid spray, the first antiseptic, dating to the 1880s.

bates gold medal

This medal was given to Linda M. Randall (nee St. Leger Chambers) in 1968 for winning the first prize at Worcester Royal Infirmary's Student Nurse Training School.

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autograph albums

The George Marshall Medical Museum holds two autograph albums signed by soldiers who were treated at the Battenhall Mount VAD Hospital between 1915 and 1917.

1888 regulations

Worcester City and County Lunatic Asylum Regulations, 1888. For Officers, Attendants, Servants, etc.

MONAURAL STETHOSCOPE

The monaural (i.e. for one ear) stethoscope was invented in 1816 by Rene Laennec.

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cow's horn

A replica of a Medieval cow's horn used to feed infants.

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PNEUMONIA JACKET

This 1840s pneumonia jacket was given to Mr. George Marshall in the 1970s by a lady living in Fernhill Heath.

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Florence Nightingale letter, 1899

Florence Nightingale wrote a letter to her housekeeper in 1899 when she was resident in Worcester for a short while.

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BLOSSOM'S HORNS

These horns, on display in the George Marshall Medical Museum are purported to be from the very cow that Edward Jenner drew his cowpox sample from whilst investigating the prevention of small pox in the 18th Century.

TUBERCULOSIS SPITTOON

This spittoon along with other examples can be seen in the Home and Domestic Care Cabinet  in the Museum. 

homeopathy kit

 This homeopathy kit was obtained from the auction sale of the Earl of Dudley’s estate.