A taste of one's own medicine
Medical satire at the Royal College of Physicians
Our latest exhibition is open to visit in person at the Royal College of Physicians Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm, until 2 December 2022 as part of a free visit to the RCP Museum.
There is also a selection of prints from each theme of the exhibition available to view on our slimmed down online version of the exhibition for those who cannot visit in person.
About the exhibition
Graphic satire has been popular for centuries. The 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.
Open in person Royal College of Physicians and online, the exhibition will be accompanied by an exciting programme of events.