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A Famous and Flourishing SocietyThe History of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, 1505-2005$
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Helen Dingwall

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780748615674

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748615674.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
A Famous and Flourishing Society

Helen M. Dingwall

Edinburgh University Press

This introductory chapter first sets out the purpose of the book, which is to add to the academic history of surgical institutions, medicine in general, and of Scotland itself, as well as celebrating 500 years of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh' continuous existence. It then provides an overview of the history of the College, which falls into two main divisions: ‘The Incorporation’ and ‘The College’, and then turns to theories and professions.

Keywords:   College of Surgeons, Incorporation, academic history, professions

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