ERIKA CRADDOCK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY ERIKA CRADDOCK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Herbal medicine. Culpeper's Complete Herbal book (bottom centre) with medical equipment from the 1930s to 1950s and herbs. The herbs include poppies (lower right), foxglove (upper right), ginger (centre right), red chilli peppers (centre), garlic cloves (centre left), bay leaves (upper centre), hawthorne (left) and periwinkle (lower left). The Herbal was first published by English physician Nicholas Culpeper in 1653. It listed all the known herbs of the day and their supposed uses, and became very popular. The active chemicals in many herbs have since been isolated and used to make drugs.
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