A poisonous but cheerful looking plant, winter aconite has provided a model for creating drugs to manage asthma and irregular heartbeats.
The new Curator’s Curiosities heritage trail starts with an artificial pneumothorax device once used in treating tuberculosis, a disease also known as consumption, phthisis and the ‘white plague’.
27 January is Holocaust Memorial Day. Documents in the RCP archives reveal survivors’ testimonies and how RCP physicians were involved investigating the horrific medical experimentation that had been perpetrated in German concentration camps and other sites.
The RCP museum began its 500 year anniversary celebrations with the launch of the exhibition 'Ceaseless motion: William Harvey’s experiments in circulation', about the life, work and legacy of William Harvey (1578-1657), the physician who discovered the circulation of the blood around the body.
A film is being created to accompany the 2018 exhibition ‘Ceaseless motion’, which will reveal the life and work of William Harvey, RCP fellow who discovered the circulation of the blood.
A satirical poem about an argument between the Royal College of Physicians and the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries written by physician Samuel Garth was an unlikely best-seller of the 18th century.
An unusual-looking book in the RCP’s Dorcheser library has an intriguing green binding from 16th century Germany.
RCP fellows have long been in correspondence with some of the leading lights of science and culture. The archive includes letters written by 19th century luminaries Charles Darwin and Charles Dodgson.
As part of a intercollegiate travelling exhibition in 2017, women from London’s medical colleges and faculties wrote about inspirational medical women of the past. This edition looks at Dame Sheila Sherlock (1918–2001), the driving force behind the foundation of the specialty of hepatology.