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The history of medicine like you’ve never seen it before.
The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has been collecting objects, works of art, recorded interviews, rare books and documents for over 500 years.
Their vast collections work hard behind the scenes, informing current research projects, enriching RCP ceremonies and reaching international audiences through events and exhibitions.
In this exhibition, colleagues from the RCP’s library, archive and museum have selected rare and fascinating items from our collections to explore – many for the first time.
Join us as we discover how the RCP’s historical objects are being used by scientists and researchers today to learn more about disease and medical practice. Learn how a 500-year-old collection continues to grow, and discover some of the surprising items that you would never expect a physician to own!
Photo credit © Royal College of Physicians
About the Royal College of Physicians:
Founded over 500 years ago in 1518 by a Royal Charter from King Henry VIII, The Royal College of Physicians of London is England’s oldest medical college. Today, the RCP continues to play a vital role in raising medical standards and shaping public health. Visit us to find out more about our history and to see our museum, archives and library collections.
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