Blogs

Jean Mason Clark: an artist learning anatomy

A recently catalogued book added to the RCP library was owned by 20th century artist Jean Clark. She owned and used it in her teens and twenties as part of her artistic training in human anatomy.

Katie Birkwood

Cut and paste: assembling multi-layered anatomical diagrams

How were 16th century anatomical ‘flap diagrams’ assembled, and how to do they represent the human body? The RCP library has been experimenting with making its own versions of the diagrams from Andreas Vesalius’ De humani corporis fabrica epitome (1543).

Katie Birkwood

Thomas Young and the decipherment of hieroglyphics

Thomas Young, fellow of the RCP and the Royal Society, made a significant contribution to the modern deciphering of Egyptian hieroglyphs by examining the Rosetta Stone. His efforts were eclipsed by Jean-François Champollion.

Sarah Gillam

New tech for old books: collating Thomas Browne

A new kind of digital collation technology is being used to compare different copies of the published works of Thomas Browne. Access to the RCP rare books and the library reading room has facilitated the use of new tools.

Insights into illness: graphic medicine

Things To Do in a Retirement Home Trailer Park… When You’re 29 and Unemployed is a graphic novel by Aneurin Wright. In this post, physician Brian Callender explores how the relatively recent genre of 'graphic medicine' helps patients, carers and others understand and cope with illness and disease.

Katie Birkwood