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A Famous and Flourishing Society: The History of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, 1505-2005

Helen Dingwall


This book commemorates the five-hundredth anniversary of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Founded in 1505 it has survived, with difficulty at times, to become one of the leading surgical corporations in Britain. The original Charter, or Seal of Cause, set out guidelines for the operation of the Incorporation of Barbers and Surgeons, in particular the requirement to study anatomy and the need for examination at the end of apprenticeship in order to ensure that master surgeons were as well trained as they could be at that time. These same guidelines still influence the aims and object ... More

Keywords: College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, Incorporation of Barbers, anatomy, apprenticeship, master surgeons, surgeons, surgical training

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780748615674
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748615674.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Helen Dingwall, author