Please Note: As of 1st January 2014, the charge for family history research is now £50 per name searched.
Temporary closure of RCS Library:
Friday 1st August – Monday 1st September 2014 inclusive
The Library of the Royal College of Surgeons of England will be closed for refurbishment from 5.30pm on Thursday 31st July. It will re-open at 9.30am on Tuesday 2nd September.
During the closure we will be unable to accommodate Members, Fellows or researchers wishing to view historical materials (i.e. archives or rare books and pamphlets).
Please send enquiries to the following address during the closure: firstname.lastname@example.org
We regularly exhibit reproductions of items from the archive collections in the display cases in the Royal College of Surgeons of England Library, and in the display cases on the ground floor by the Council Room and Committee Rooms 2 and 3.
Sir Percivall Pott and Sir James Paget
To celebrate the 300th birthday of Sir Percival Pott (1714-1788) and the 200th birthday of Sir James Paget (1814-1899) we have selected some items from our Library and Archives collections for display in the Library.
Sir Percivall Pott was born in London on 6th January 1714 in London. He was apprenticed to a surgeon and trained at St Bartholemew’s Hospital. In 1736 he became a member of the Company of Barber Surgeons and by 1749 he was a surgeon at St Barts. Pott identified many different diseases, and was an expert in the treatment of fractures, having suffered one himself. He was a popular lecturer, wrote many books on surgery and became Master of the Company of Surgeons in 1765.
Sir James Paget was born 200 years ago, on 11 January 1814, in Great Yarmouth. After an apprenticeship to a GP he became a student at St Bartholomew's Hospital. Paget became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1836 and a Fellow in 1843. He worked at St Barts museum and also on pathology at the Hunterian museum. His Lectures on Surgical Pathology, published in 1853, helped to secure his fame as Britain’s leading pathologist and physiologist. In 1877 Paget became Sergeant-Surgeon to the Queen –the head of the Royal family’s medical staff. His surgical practice grew into one of the largest in London. He discovered several diseases which are named after him and made some practical advances in surgery. He was President of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1875.
Quacks and Cures
This display looks at some of the less regulated medical treatments represented in our archives, from household ‘recipe’ books of cures for common ailments to suspected practices of ‘quackery’ targeted by the College and the wider orthodox medical community.
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