Anatomy table detail

Dissection tools

The Royal College of Physicians holds a rare set of six anatomical tables.

The tables are visually spectacular. They display human veins, nerves and arteries dissected at Padua’s famous anatomy theatre in the 17th century, skilfully arranged on varnished wooden panels.

For the first time in their history, the tables are on full public display on the 2nd floor gallery.

The 'Curious anatomys' exhibition that featured the tables, won first prize as the best small exhibition on the history of science and medicine, 2012. Awarded by the British Society for the History of Science (find out more about the award at the British Society for the History of Science site).


For further information and to book an RCP museum and garden tour (groups of six or more), contact or +44 (0)20 3075 1543

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