Grave and learned men: the physicians 1518 - 1660


By Louella Vaughan

The Royal College of Physicians celebrates its 500th anniversary in 2018 and to observe this landmark is publishing a series of ten books. Each of the books focuses on fifty elements that have contributed to making the RCP what it is today, together adding up to 500 reflections on 500 years. Some of the people, ideas , objects and manuscripts featured are directly connected to the RCP, while others have had an influence that can still be felt in its work.

In this, the sixth volume, author Louella Vaughan paints a vibrant illustration of the first 140 years of the RCP's colourful history. By focusing on fifty important episodes and key players, this book brings to life the early years of the RCP, its first triumphs and the numerous challenges that it overcame to ensure its survival.

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