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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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Conclusion: the College – past, present and future

Conclusion: the College – past, present and future

(p.289) 8 Conclusion: the College – past, present and future
A Famous and Flourishing Society

Helen M. Dingwall

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter presents some concluding thoughts from the author. The College has been shaped by many forces and influences over its first 500 years. Their manifestation has, however, changed significantly in the light of changing contextual influences. Surgeons and surgery at the start of the next half-millennium are very different, at least on the surface, from what they were in 1505, as are the City of Edinburgh, the Scottish nation, Great Britain, and the world. On most counts, the case for the future of the College articulates itself with ease. But there are potential problems for any institution that wishes to retain its history, its national and international status, and, importantly, the finance to do these things. The College does, however, have strengths and attributes that should enable it to survive. It has the great legacy of an impressive history. However much it may be denied, many individuals continue to be impressed by the gravitas of a long history.

Keywords:   College of Surgeons, surgeons, surgery

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