This special study tour marks the 500th anniversary of the Royal College of Physicians, England and Wales’ oldest royal medical college, by dissecting the development of medicine since 1518.
Over the course of a day, take a route from St Paul’s Cathedral, in the shadow of which the first home of the Royal College of Physicians once stood, via Trafalgar Square where the college had its headquarters for much of the 19th and 20th centuries and up to Regent’s Park, where the organisation is now housed in an icon of post-war British architecture.
The theme is nothing less than the evolution of medicine over the last half millennium.
Uncover how the church held an effective monopoly on healing and believing in the medieval world, explore ancient ideas that helped London survive the calamities of the 17th century, learn about the changes that led to classical thought and the theory of ‘the four humours’ giving way to a new world of science in the Enlightenment, and investigate the Victorians’ attempts to improve public health.
From reliquaries to apothecaries, sewers to surgeons, vaccination to anaesthetics, obstetrics and antibiotics, we will examine the major innovations that have shifted medicine from a philosophy to a profession, healthcare from faith to fact.
The journey includes a visit to each of the sites of the Royal College of Physicians’ five homes through time, along with – amongst other fascinating sites – the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, the Old Bailey, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London’s Roman Wall, Barber Surgeon’s Hall, the ‘lost hospitals’ of the Savoy, Charing Cross and Soho, the world’s first purpose university medical school and concludes with a visit to the College’s remarkable collections and unique medicinal garden.
Here, in the midst of plants which have played a roll in healthcare stretching far beyond the last 500 years, we consider continuity and change in medicine through the ages. Reflect on the major achievements of the last century in delivering universal healthcare and a pharmaceutical revolution, and look forward to the many challenges, an opportunities, of the future.
Join us for an unmissable journey through the history of one of medicine’s oldest bodies and the history of medicine itself.
Event details and how to book…
Start: St Paul’s Cathedral
End: Royal College of Physicians
Dates: 25 September 2018
Start Time: 10am
Duration: 7 to 7.5 hours (including break for lucnch)
Price: £25 per person (excluding transport*, lunch and booking fee)
* Please note: this tour involves the use of public transport between certain points. All participants should ensure they have an Oyster Card, TfL Travelcard, contactless payment card / device or similar to enable them to make these short journeys.
“The brilliance of medicine” is also available as a private tour at any time by prior arrangement, subject to a minimum charge.
For further details or to make a group booking for a private tour please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for a map and directions to the Royal College of Physicians.