Person NameRoyal College of Physicians of Edinburgh; 1681-
ActivityThe Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh grew out of meetings held in the seventeenth century by Edinburgh physicians to discuss medical practice and ways of improving standards. One of these, Sir Robert Sibbald (1641-1722) a naturalist, physician and historian, secured a Royal Charter from Charles II (1630-1685) in 1681 which provided for the founding of the Royal College. Members of the College were concerned with the promotion of standards in medicine and the advancement of medical knowledge, but also applied themselves to assisting the poor and needy inhabitants of Edinburgh. The College continues to organise meetings, lectures, conferences and educational programmes. It has a large library with a unique historical collection and actively encourages medical research at all levels. From its early days it was involved with and advised institutions providing education and training in medicine, it was instrumental in founding the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh in 1729, and since then the College has influenced the development of medical schools in the UK and abroad. It also plays an important role in developing and encouraging the use of clinical guidelines and continues to be involved in local and national public health initiatives.
Corporate NameRoyal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
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