Diseases and Epidemics
In the 1950s, vaccines were working, penicillin existed, and infectious disease seemed to be coming to an end. But, since then, more than 300 infectious diseases have newly emerged or re-emerged. Preventatives and cures are paramount.
An infectious disease which can cause dehydration and death.
A global pandemic, 2020-2021.
Emerging in the 1980s, HIV/AIDs was a terrifying pandemic.
A once very common viral infection, now rare thanks to immunisation.
A former global killer. Smallpox is the only disease humans have eliminated.
A bacterial infection that affects the lungs.
A way to protect and prevent disease.
The collections at Thackray Museum are rooted in medical and surgical trade. Manufacturers use advertising in various and creative ways to share their products with the public and professionals.
The collections represent many of the medical, scientific and engineering breakthroughs used to save or improve people’s lives, as well as some of the failures of modern medicine.
From local to general pain relief.
Methods to clear germs which can save lives.
One of the largets collections of hearing aids and equipment in the UK.
Billions of pints of donated blood saves lives each year.
Devices to support, correct, enhance or replace parts of the body.
Tools which started modern western diagnostics.
Imaging technology that lets us see more than bones in the body.
Often symptomless, this is a frequently transmitted STI.
How have people tried to prevent pregnancy and STIs in the past.
An often uncomfortable STI that used to be confused with syphilis.
Once one of the scariest sexualy transmitted diseases and now on the up again.