Commentary magazine

Commentary is the membership magazine of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), delivering authoritative insight and opinion across a diverse range of subjects – including political developments in the health sector and medical history.

The 32-page magazine is published bimonthly and mailed worldwide to fellows and members alongside Clinical Medicine and Future Hospital Journal. Each issue is also available online.

In the latest issue

  • A special issue on end-of-life care – We dedicate the first issue of 2018 to end-of-life care. Palliative consultant Dr Ollie Minton and Prof Albert Weale, chair of the RCP Ethical Issues in Medicine Committee, introduce the features with editorials.
  • The second conversation – The Second Conversation Project aims to empower junior doctors to navigate difficult conversations about end-of-life care and treatment.
  • What needs to change in end-of-life care? Commentary invites writers from a range of professional backgrounds to answer this question. Perspectives are provided from the fields of oncology, sociology, and we hear from an author and and ethicist. 
  • A carer's perspective: when end-of-life care doesn't go to plan – An honest and emotive account of a death at home, and how more joined-up care could have lessened one family's distress.
  • Looking to the future – Writers from Marie Curie, The King's Fund, Genomics England and the Digital Legacy Association share their thoughts on the future of end-of-life care, and how the landscape will change for patients and healthcare professionals alike.
  • Dancing the danse macabre – 'Dance of death' images and poems offer an insight into attitudes towards death in the Renaissance era. The RCP Library contains some excellent examples of the genre, which are explored and discussed here.
  • Physicians and their images – The RCP is celebrating its 500th anniversary with the publication of a series of ten books. Here we share an excerpt from the latest to be published, charting the history of physicians through portraiture.

Commentary also contains the latest news and comment, including an update on the new policy programme Our Future Health, members and fellows recognised in the New Year's Honours List, and the launch of the new updated early warning score.

To see archived issues of Commentary open the latest issue and select the archive tab on the left-hand side of the page.