Richard Thompson - Curiosities from the College Museum - Little, Brown Book Group

Curiosities from the College Museum

By Richard Thompson

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The fifth book in the 500 Reflections on the RCP series, looking at the museum and collections of the Royal College of Physicians.

The Royal College of Physicians celebrates its 500th anniversary in 2018, and to observe this landmark is publishing this series of ten books. Each of the books focuses on fifty themed elements that have contributed to making the RCP what it is today, together adding up to 500 reflections on 500 years. Some of the people, ideas, objects and manuscripts featured are directly connected to the College, while others have had an influence that can still be felt in its work.

This fifth book in the series is a celebration of 50 fascinating objects in the Royal College's museum and collections.

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  • ISBN: 9781408706312
  • Publication date: 09 Feb 2017
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Hachette Audio

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Chigozie Obioma
Authors:
Chigozie Obioma

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Mark Bryant, Stanley McMurtry
Contributors:
Mark Bryant, Stanley McMurtry

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Hachette Audio

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Michele J. Gelfand
Authors:
Michele J. Gelfand

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Authors:
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Authors:
Liv Strömquist
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Authors:
Linda Carroll, David Rosner
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Authors:
Alastair Compston

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Little, Brown

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Frank Tallis
Authors:
Frank Tallis

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PublicAffairs

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Jo Ann Jenkins
Authors:
Jo Ann Jenkins

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Little, Brown

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Rowan Hooper
Authors:
Rowan Hooper
Hachette Australia

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Royce Kurmelovs
Authors:
Royce Kurmelovs
Basic Books

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Jason Sokol
Authors:
Jason Sokol
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Julia Pierpont, Manjit Thapp
Contributors:
Julia Pierpont, Manjit Thapp

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Robinson

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Authors:
James Morton
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Authors:
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Little, Brown

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Authors:
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Authors:
Ryan Lambie

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Robinson

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Authors:
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Robinson

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Allison Vale
Authors:
Allison Vale

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Hachette Books

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