A taste of one's own medicine
Graphic satire has been popular for centuries. The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) cares for a unique collection of medical satire prints from the mid-18th century to the 1980s, donated to us by doctors and members over our 500-year history.
In the past, as today, satirical images were closely tied to a particular time and place. They responded to contemporary events and were viewed by audiences who understood the circumstances of their creation, meaning they can now be difficult understand.
From stereotypes of doctors to caricatures of individuals, satirical depictions of treatments to scathing attacks on the RCP, join us in ‘A taste of one’s own medicine’ as we explore the complex and intriguing meanings behind the satirical prints in the RCP’s collection.
See the winners of our satire-inspired cartoon competition announced and unveiled.
Selfless: NHS response to COVID-19
Experience a photographic exhibition documenting the lives of healthcare staff at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Photographer Jessica van der Weert spent days with healthcare workers in Northumbria and Brent creating a stark and compelling photographic landscape of the UK during the most terrifying health crisis of our time.
The exhibition was created with financial support from the Jerwood Foundation and working in partnership with the RCP, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and ATMedics (Brent).