Illness and health are enduring concerns, and in the past many families held traditional remedies in the form of cures and charms. Cures are generally based on plants, while charms are a more mystical method of curing. Information about these is included in the museum archive.
The history of formal medicine is represented by the museum’s medical collection of a variety of items including equipment belonging to General Practitioners and to pharmaceutical dispensaries which often became known as ‘the Chemist’s’.
The story of everyday medicine is explored by research into how health and sickness were viewed and experienced by people in the past, and at present. Recently, one aspect of the archival collection of information about plant based cures was explored in a scientific study and the results published in the Ulster Medical Journal.
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