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A history of clinical genetics though the lives of RCP fellows
Fellows of the RCP have been instrumental in the scientific discoveries and genetic counselling services that make clinical genetics what it is today.
20 January 2017
Journal of a voyage to New South Wales
A rare book in the RCP library records a naval surgeon’s experience of the First Fleet’s journey to Australia, and the flora and fauna they found there.
13 January 2017
‘And great Achilles will be sent again to Troy’: the adventures of a ship’s surgeon in the 1870s
The diaries of Theodore Preston in the RCP archives reveal the mundanity and adventure of a life at sea in the 19th century.
6 January 2017
‘A native of the icy regions’: a historical view of reindeer
Reindeer are a common feature in Christmas imagery. Rare books from the RCP library show historical illustrations and descriptions of these hardy animals.
23 December 2016
Some historical perspectives on the study and treatment of diabetes
Diabetes was long studied before effective treatment was developed in the 20th century. Books and archive documents in the RCP library reveal some of this history.
16 December 2016
Chinese lanterns: a taste of the Orient
A relative of the Cape gooseberry, Physalis alkekengi is a beautiful and long-used plant containing physalins, a compound that could be used for developing new drugs for leukaemia and lung cancer.
9 December 2016
‘An extraordinary time’: the early days of the AIDS epidemic
Oral history interviews from the RCP archives reveal physicians’ experiences of the early days of the appearance of AIDS, especially among haemophilic patients, in UK hospitals.
1 December 2016
‘Delineated as large as the life’: William Cheselden’s atlas of the bones
A spectacular 18th-century anatomical atlas of the bones of humans and animals in the RCP library has just received expert conservation work.
25 November 2016
South Africa’s society garlic
Despite its name, sweet garlic is a surprisingly smelly plant in the RCP Garden of Medicinal Plants.
18 November 2016
Experiences of early insulin user revealed in his archives
November 14 is World Diabetes Day, an awareness-raising campaign organised by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). The RCP archives recently received the papers of prominent diabetes campaigner, Alan Nabarro (1914–1977).
11 November 2016