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Uncovering Prospero Alpini’s Egyptian medicine treasures

Early modern books are all different, and studying them can uncover details about the communities of people who made, used and owned them over hundreds of years. Sally Nichols explores several copies of books by the Italian physician Prospero Alpini in the RCP library.

Katie Birkwood

Touching for ‘the King’s evil’: a short history

Touching the king or queen was once thought to be a reliable cure for tuberculous disease. The ‘Royal touch’ was used by thousands of people for several centuries in an effort to cure a condition known as ‘the King’s evil’.

Katie Birkwood

Air Transformed

Making air pollution visible isn’t easy. Two artworks which dramatically show how the air around us can be laden with damaging particles are part of the RCP exhibition Catch your breath. The works were created by Stefanie Posavec and Miriam Quick.

Katie Birkwood

Catch your breath: a new exhibition at the RCP

‘Catch your breath’ is an exhibition of objects, documents, books, art works and stories that explores the meaning of breath and experiences of breathlessness, created in partnership with the Life of Breath project.

Matthew Wood