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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
Our favourite John Dee exhibits
Members of the John Dee exhibition team describe their favourite objects in the exhibition ‘Scholar, courtier, magician: the lost library of John Dee’.
27 May 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
Code making and code breaking: John Dee and the art of cryptography
Renaissance polymath John Dee had many interests including cryptography, the art and science of making and breaking codes. Among the books once owned by Dee now in the RCP library is a copy of a cryptographic treatise by Johann Trithemius.
6 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
John Dee’s Books at Middle Temple Library
A guest post from Middle Temple Library explores some books connected to and owned by John Dee, the subject of a current RCP exhibition.
29 April 2016
‘Rapt in secret studies’: was Shakespeare’s Prospero inspired by John Dee?
Exploring how Elizabethan mathematician, astrologer and book collector John Dee inspired the sorcerer Prospero from Shakespeare’s play The Tempest.
22 April 2016