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The Royal College of Surgeons of England is a professional membership organisation of 20,000 UK and international members, and registered charity, which exists to advance surgical standards and improve patient care. The College received its first Royal Charter in 1800 but traces its origins to the Company of Barber-Surgeons, established in 1540. In 1745, the Barber-Surgeons were split by an Act of Parliament into two bodies and the Company of Surgeons was established. The Hunterian Museum, formed and developed from the collections of surgeon and scientist John Hunter (1728-1793) is based at the RCS.

Established in 1800, the Library was first made available for professional use in 1828. By the close of the 19th century, it was widely recognised that the Royal College of Surgeons possessed one of the finest medical science library collections in Europe. In the 20th century the Library focused on surgery and its specialities, dental surgery, the sciences basic to surgery (especially anatomy, pathology and physiology) and the history of medical science.

Arts Council England awarded Designated status to the Library, the Archives and the Hunterian Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2013, which complements the Designated status awarded in 1999 to the Hunterian Collection. It was noted that the collections contain a remarkable breadth of material relating to surgery, anatomy, pathology, physiology, public health, hospitals, military medicine, infectious diseases, botany and natural history. This breadth is reflected in the collection of more than 30,000 tracts and pamphlets which are all catalogued online and also available via Copac.


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Topic: Social Conditions
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Topics: Prostitution, legislation & jurisprudence, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, prevention &...
Bibliographie: p. [67]-68
Topics: Typhoid Fever, Pregnancy Complications, Infectious
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by Werner, Alice, 1859-1935; Royal College of Surgeons of England
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In: Revue d'ethnographie et de sociologie
Topics: Animals, Classification, Terminology
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Topics: Temperance, Hygiene, education, Schools
Introd. signed 'J. Marshall, London, January 1835'
Topic: Population
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by Mahot, Maurice François; Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Topics: Liver Circulation, Tricuspid Valve Insufficiency
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by Browne, Charles Robert; Royal College of Surgeons of England
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On cover: "A paper read before the Royal Irish Academy, November 30, 1898."
Topic: Anthropology, Cultural
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Topic: Preservation, Biological
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Topic: Books
The Royal College of Surgeons of England
Topic: Typhoid Fever, diet therapy
Pref. signed T.M. (Thomas Milner?)
Topic: Censuses
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Topics: Napoleon, I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821, Collectibles
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by Browne, Charles Robert; Royal Irish Academy; Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Reprinted from: Proceedings, 3rd. Ser. vol. II, no. 4 (1895)
Topic: Anthropology, Cultural
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by Viccaji, Kaikhusro Rustomji; Royal College of Surgeons of England
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At head of title: Faculté de médecine de Paris
Topics: Phlebitis, Rheumatic Diseases
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by Perrin de la Touche, Emmanuel; Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Topics: Ecchymosis, Wounds and Injuries, diagnosis
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by Chapoy, Léon; Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Topics: Radial Nerve, physiopathology, Paralysis
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Topics: Scapula, physiopathology, Bone Neoplasms
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On t.p.: "[Chap.] CXL - Bills of mortality," at foot of page: "vol. VI."
Topic: Mortality, trends
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Topic: Iodine, therapeutic use
Bibliographie: p. [61]-63
Topics: Breast Diseases, Abscess, Pregnancy Complications
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by Henslow, John Stevens, (1796-1861); Royal College of Surgeons of England
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'This Dictionary was published at intervals, portions being appended successively to the monthly numbers of Maund's Botanist, and Maund's Botanic Garden' - pref
Topics: Botany, Terminology
Royal College of Surgeons of England
by Champneys, Francis Henry, Sir, 1848-1930; Reil, Johann Christian, 1759-1813; Doran, Alban Henry Griffiths, 1849-1927, former owner; Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Translation of and commentary on Reil's Ueber das polarische Auseinanderweichen der ursprünglichen Naturkräftein der Gebärmutter zur Zeit der Schwangerschaft ... (1807)
Topics: Uterus, physiology, Pregnancy, physiology
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Topic: Cyanosis, congenital
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by Lacassagne, Alexandre, 1843-1924; Royal College of Surgeons of England
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At head of title: Laboratoire de médecine légale de la Faculté de Lyon
Topic: Tattooing
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Topic: Hymen
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by Bagozzi, Gerolamo; Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Extract from: Bollettino Clinico-Scientifico della Poliambulanza di Milano, anno XXII, fasc, 10-11, 1907
Topics: Bladder Neoplasms, diagnosis, Bladder Neoplasms, surgery
Royal College of Surgeons of England
by Leslie, Robert Murray, 1866-1921; Jordan, Alfred Charles, 1872-1956; Royal College of Surgeons of England
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'From The Clinical Journal, Wednesday, May 1, 1912' - cover
Topics: Visceral Prolapse, Intestinal Obstruction, radiography
The Royal College of Surgeons of England
Topic: Spinal Puncture, adverse effects
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Topic: Population
Bibliographie: p. [41]-42
Topics: Cysts, Vulvar Diseases
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Topic: Thalassotherapy
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Topic: Vital Statistics
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by Billroth, Theodor, 1829-1894; Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Topic: Surgical Procedures, Operative
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by Fano, Salvador, 1824-1895; Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Topic: Palatal Neoplasms
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Topic: Commerce
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Topic: Christianity
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by Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons; Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Topics: Societies, Medical, Veterinarians
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Topic: Expeditions
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Topic: Child
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by Rossi, Baldo; Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Topics: Surgical Procedures, Operative, statistics & numerical data, Surgery, history
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by Lennander, Karl Gustav, 1857-1908; Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Topics: Laryngeal Neoplasms, Dilatation, Pathologic, Hirschsprung Disease, Polyps
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Topic: Boxing
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Topic: Child
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by International Eugenics Congress (1st : 1912 : University of London); Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Topics: Eugenics, Congresses, organization & administration
Notes on the chemistry of the text / by C.H. Gill (p. [26]-27)
Topics: Wine, Alchemy, Magic
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Topic: Crime
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Topic: Diabetes Mellitus
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Topic: Abortion, Missed
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Topic: Nose Diseases
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by Meissner, Friedrich Ludwig, 1796-1860; Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Topic: Pediatrics
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Topics: Albertus, de Saxonia, d.1390, Machlinia, William de, fl. 1481-1486, Rare Books
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by Vincent, Martin Antoine; Collardot, Victor; Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Topic: Cholera, epidemiology
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Topics: Religion and Science, Christianity
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by Haughton, Samuel; Royal College of Surgeons of England
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'From the Philosophical Magazine for July 1866' - caption
Topic: Capital Punishment
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by Martin, Sir James Ranald, 1796-1874; Royal College of Surgeons of England
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'Printed by order of Government' - t.p
Topic: Topography, Medical
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by Mach, Ernst, 1838-1916; Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Subsequent editions entitled: Die Analyse der Empfindungen und das Verhältnis des Physischen zum Psychischen
Topics: Sensation, Perception
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by L. Mathieu (Firm); Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Topic: Surgical Instruments
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Topic: Leprosy, epidemiology
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by Babington, Thomas H; Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Topics: Textile Industry, Accidents, Occupational
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Topics: Mortality, Sanitation, Housing
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Caption title: An Act to consolidate with amendments the Factory and Workshop Acts
Topics: Industry, legislation & jurisprudence, Employment, legislation & jurisprudence
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Topic: Anatomy, Artistic
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by Browne, Charles Robert; Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Reprinted from the "Proceedings," 3rd. Ser., vol. V, no. 1 (1898)
Topic: Anthropology, Cultural
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Topic: Varicocele, surgery
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by Giampietro, Eduardo; Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Topic: Ear Diseases
Royal College of Surgeons of England
by Finley, Frederick Gault, 1861-1940; Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Topic: Pneumothorax
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Topics: Union médicale, Homeopathy, legislation & jurisprudence
Royal College of Surgeons of England
by Bonomi, Joseph, 1796-1878; Vitruvius Pollio; Leonardo Da Vinci, 1452-1519; Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Topic: Anatomy, Artistic
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Topics: Military Personnel, Mortality, Schleswig-Holstein War, 1848-1850
Royal College of Surgeons of England
by Carpenter, William Benjamin, 1813-1885; Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Topics: Hypnosis, Psychophysiology, Movement
Royal College of Surgeons of England
by Archer, William Henry, 1825-1909; Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Pt. I is 2nd ed., rev. and corr
Topics: Vital Statistics, Agriculture, statistics & numerical data
Royal College of Surgeons of England
by Landau, Leopold, 1848-1920; Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Topics: Visceral Prolapse, Kidney Diseases
Royal College of Surgeons of England
by Attfield, John, 1835-1911; Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Topics: Saccharin, Dosage Forms
Royal College of Surgeons of England
by Lennander, Karl Gustav, 1857-1908; Scheel, Victor; Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Topic: Peritonitis