In addition to medical instruments, the British Museum collection also includes an important range of objects which help to illustrate the multi-faceted approach to healing in antiquity. They include one of the largest holdings of collyrium-stamps − small inscribed stone tablets which were used to mark sticks of eye medicine; Greek inscriptions honoring public physicians; stone statues, bronze figurines and engraved gemstones depicting the principal healer deities; and marble and terracotta models of body parts (‘anatomical votives’) dedicated to the healer deities by those seeking divine cures. Together with the instrumentation, the publication will show how they encompass most aspects of ancient medicine and represent starting points from which to develop discussions of strategies for health and healing.
Chapter 2: Greek and Roman Surgical and Medical Instruments
Chapter 3: Catalogue of Greek and Roman Surgical and Medical Instruments in the British Museum
Chapter 4: Scientific Examination and Element Analysis of the Metal Medical Instruments (Susan La Niece and Duncan Hook)
Chapter 5: Chemical Analysis of Medicinal Residues: Ingredients, Properties and Purpose (Rebecca Stacey)
Chapter 6: Selected Greek and Roman Objects in the British Museum Related to Medicine and Health
Appendix 1: An Important Group of Roman Surgical Instruments from Italy in the City of Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
Appendix 2: A Unique Roman Plunger Forceps in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford