The first cataract operation, Samuel Pepys' bladder stone and the recipe for 'snail water' to treat venereal disease all feature in a new mini museum at St Thomas' Hospital.
The Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery at King's College London has donated these Rosebud style dolls originally commissioned for the Centenary Exhibition on nursing at St Thomas' in 1960.
Many of the objects on display provide a reminder of how far treatment has developed, for example, a selection of operating instruments give an idea of the pain patients would have had to endure before the discovery of anaesthetic.
Wax teaching head which would have been used by the revered St Thomas' surgeon William Cheselden
The groundbreaking 'St Thomas Hospital Staff Location System' was trailled at St Thomas' in 1953 and featured in the TV drama 'Emergency Ward 10'.
The Mini Museum is funded by Guy's and St Thomas' Charitable Foundation through its Art and Heritage programme.
Director of Art and Heritage Karen Sarkissian says: "The Mini Museum provides a fascinating insight into the amazing history of St Thomas' Hospital and all the various dramatic events it has survived, as well as showing the contribution its staff have made towards medical knowledge and practice today."
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