Curiosities from the College museum
The Royal College of Physicians celebrated its 500th anniversary in 2018, and to observe this landmark it published a series of ten books. Each of the books focuses on fifty elements that have contributed to making the RCP what it is today.
This, the fifth volume in the series, explores the RCP's distinguished history through the unique objects in its museum's collections. Over the centuries the College has accumulated a diverse array of 'curiosities' that illustrate its rich traditions and the lives of its distinguished fellows and members. The author, former RCP president Sir Richard Thompson, uses fifty of these items to draw an engaging portrait of an organisation with a proud and colourful past. These include; the anatomy tables, Baldwin Hamey's bell, antimonial cups and the College mace.
Other books in the series
Anatomy of a building - Rowan Moore
A garden of medicinal plants - Henry Oakeley, Jane Knowles, Michael de Swiet and Anthony Dayan
Quacks, rogues and charlatans - Paul Strathern
Physicians and war - Humphrey Hodgson and Simon Shorvan
Grave and learned men: the physicians 1518-1660 - Louella Vaughan
Ever persons capable and able: the physicians 1660-2018 - Louella Vaughan
Physicians and their images - Ludmilla Jordanova
Simples and rarities suitable and honourable to the College - Alastair Compston
Physicians and global health - Krishna Chinthapalli