Curiosities from the College museum
By Richard Thompson
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.
This, the fifth volume in the series, explores the RCP's distinguished history through the unique objects in its museum's collections. Over the centuries the College has accumulated a diverse array of 'curiosities' that illustrate its rich traditions and the lives of its distinguished fellows and members. The author, former RCP president Sir Richard Thompson, uses fifty of these items to draw an engaging portrait of an organisation with a proud and colourful past. These include; the anatomy tables, Baldwin Hamey's bell, antimonial cups and the College mace.