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Allies: the First World War and drugs
During the First World War the physician Sir Henry Hallett Dale worked at Mount Vernon Hospital to improve the standardisation and safety of drugs.
24 June 2016
Clinical neurophysiology: historical highlights
The RCP library, archive and museum collections shed light on the development of clinical neurophysiology, which is one of the younger medical specialties.
17 June 2016
Around the world in 80 resorts: travelling for health in the 19th century
Digitising 19th-century rare books in the RCP library has revealed a large number of titles about health resorts and spa towns across Europe and beyond.
10 June 2016
'Hold the hearse!': exceptional and extraordinary lives
Playwright and theatre-maker Julie McNamara describes the inspiration for her work exploring perceptions of disability to be performed at the RCP in June 2016.
3 June 2016
Thomas Willis: the father of neurology
Seventeenth-century physician and RCP fellow Thomas Willis is known as the ‘father of neurology’ for his contribution to the specialty.
20 May 2016
Bookplates and porcelain: new research from the RCP archives
A collection of bookplates in the RCP archives has been used to identify sets of 18th-century Chinese armorial porcelain.
13 May 2016
Written in the stars: a horoscope in the RCP archives
A 16th century astrological chart in the RCP archives sheds light on the historical use of astrology as part of medicine and everyday life.
29 April 2016
Paediatric cardiology: a view from medical history
The specialist study and treatment of cardiological diseases in children has more than a 100 years of history.
11 April 2016
You’re so vain, you probably think this blog is about you
Sir William Browne and Sir Henry Halford can lay claim to being the vainest past RCP presidents as represented in the RCP museum collection.
1 April 2016
‘Habitual gentleness’: a portrait of Jean-André De Luc
The RCP has loaned a small portrait of the Swiss geologist Jean-André De Luc to Kew Palace.
24 March 2016