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The Royal College of Physicians is a British professional body dedicated to improving the practice of medicine, chiefly through the accreditation of physicians by examination. Founded in 1518, it set the first international standard in the classification of diseases, and its library contains medical texts of great historical interest.
The college hosts four training faculties: the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine, the Faculty for Pharmaceutical Medicine, the Faculty of Occupational Medicine and the Faculty of Physician Associates. The college is sometimes referred to as the Royal College of Physicians of London to differentiate it from other similarly named bodies. Its home in Regent's Park is one of the few post-war buildings to be granted Grade I listed status.
In 2016 it was announced that the North of England centre of excellence was to be based at a new building in the Liverpool Knowledge Quarter in Liverpool. The new centre is set to open in 2020.
Royal College of Physicians Reviews
lovely old building very helpful and friendly staff clean surroundings beautiful library magnificent assembly hall poor acoustics inthe main auditorium more »
Very interesting exhibits, beautiful garden with medicinal plants, fascinating portraits and original panelling from previous buildings. Well worth a visit. more »
Dr Henry Oakley gave a fabulous tour of the gardens outlining the uses, and origins, of different plants with knowledge and humour. The party from Primrose Hill appreciated our introduction to this lovely setting and Dr Oakley’s warm welcome.
This was a fantastic free museum experience in London, located close to Regents park tube station. The museum has interesting information about the history of the college of physicians and it's traditions. There are interesting facts about the history of medicine and how technology has affected the practice of modern medicine. The best part was the anatomical tables on the second floor which were fascinating to see and experience and listen the theories about their origins.
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