Medicine

  • Anatomical eye preparation

    Record number: 14438

    Date: 1882

    Form of acquisition: deposit

    Dimensions: 17 x 27 x 19 cm

    Anatomical eye preparation, in papier mache. It bears an inscription stating 533 Anatomie Plastique Dr. Arzoux, 1882.

    As with other exhibits, it originally came from the collection of the Chair of Anatomy of the medical faculty of Barcelona University.

    These exhibits were used, depending on the date of construction or acquisition, from the second half of the 19th century onwards. Their main function was as part of the teaching tradition, taking anatomical preparations or models to supplement the study and teaching of the anatomy the human body.

  • PRIETO electrotherapy cabinet

    Record number: 3384

    Date: first quarter of the 20th century

    Provenance: Barcelona

    Dimensions: 210 x 115 x 60 cm

    Medical apparatus for electrical applications. It was used to deliver Faraday and Galvanic currents, with the associated cauterisation. Employed for nervous disorders, paralysis, muscle wasting, etc.

    One of the most common applications of electricity was initially in the field of medicine, such as for example by means of electrotherapy treatments. Such treatments were very popular during the 19th century and were applied to a great many conditions.

  • Pravaz type syringe

    Record number: 15778

    Date: c.1890

    Form of acquisition: deposit

    Dimensions: 13.3 x 6.1 x 2.8 cm

    This is a varnished wooden case, which opens to reveal a glass syringe and metal structure, with the tip placed on cotton. There is also a piece of red rubber, but the needle is missing, although the wooden box does have the cavity where it was stored.

    The first syringe model, invented by the French doctor Charles Gabriel Pravaz (1791-1853), was heavily used in the field of anaesthesia and pain relief, for applications of morphine. The elliptical metal support was later discarded in the early 20th century.