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Thursday, 20 June 2013

The Royal College of Physicians

The college of physicians was established in 1518 by the royal physician to Henry VIII. The purpose of the college was to grant licences to those qualified to practise medicine and to punish those who were unqualified. Unfortunately the original building was destroyed in the Great fire of London in 1666 including a large library donated by William Harvey who discovered the circulation of blood. The present headquarters was built in 1958.



The panelling in this room is made from 350yr old oak which had been used in their previous building.

The Dorchester library which had a photographic display in there, showing plants and there medicinal uses.








This plant was the source of opium for 2000 years.

House leek: multiple uses in herbal medicine from removing warts and treating shingles




Pacific bleeding heart: herbal remedy for toothache and worms


Other things of interest included the medieval illustrations of the human body.


The college also holds a rare set of six anatomical tables which are the oldest surviving human anatomy diagrams. They display veins, nerves and arteries arranged on varnished wooden panels.

The College is not often open to the public so it was a rare opportunity for me to see these treasures.

6 comments:

  1. Well you were very lucky to see that, thanks for shareing

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  2. Thanks for sharing it! It's good to look at history.

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  3. I wondered how you got in to see these wonders. A great place to visit.

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  4. Interesting post with a beautiful building to visit. I like the table in de second picture!

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  5. What a wonderful place to see and enjoy!

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  6. What a great post. The warmth of the old oak, the delightful flora of the garden and the library is an absolute dream.

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