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We have a range of books available to order

Listed below are a range of titles relating to the history of the College and the history of medicine in Ireland.

Please contact us to place an order for any of these books.

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Healing Touch - An illustrated history of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland by Alf McCreary

This richly illustrated volume tells the story of the College, from its origins as the Fraternity of Physicians of Trinity Hall in 1654 through over three centuries of war, revolution, rebirth and medical advancement. Drawing on the wealth of material in the Heritage Centre’s unique collections, this book places the development of the College within the wider history of Ireland, and celebrates the extraordinary individuals who have contributed to making the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland an internationally renowned organisation.

Price: €30 + postage and packaging

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Irish Masters of Medicine by Davis Coakley

Davis Coakley, FRCPI, provides lively and informative biographies of 42 Irish medics. Starting with Allen Mullen (c.1653-1690) Coakley charts Irish men’s contribution to medicine through the golden age of the 19th century, to William Hayes (1913-1994) and the breakthroughs of the 20th century.

Price: €20 + postage and packaging

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Occupational Health in Ireland – A History by Dr John Malone

Dr John Malone, former Dean of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, traces the history of the speciality in Ireland from the foundation of the Faculty.

Price: €30 + postage and packaging

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Patients, Potions & Physicians by Tony Farmer

A social history of the ways in which the Irish have experienced disease, sickness and treatment from the seventheenth century right up to the present.

Price: €20 + postage and packaging


A History of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland 1654-1963 by J D H Widdess

John Widdess, medical historian, librarian and biologist, provides a definitive account of the first 300 years of RCPI’s history. Drawing extensively on RCPI’s archive, Widdess explores the events and personalities, which shaped RCPI’s history.

Price: €60 + postage and packaging

Special offer: Order Widdess’s History of RCPI and receive a free copy of Mitchell’s History.

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An Interim History of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland 1963-1988 by David Mitchell

This memoir by Dr David Mitchell, former RCPI President and Treasurer, covers a period of considerable activity with RCPI, including the development of the Membership exams and the establishment of the Institutes and Faculties.

Price: €10 + postage and packaging

Special offer: Order Widdess’s History of RCPI and receive a free copy of Mitchell’s History.

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Robert Graves – Evangelist of Clinical Medicine by Davis Coakley

Robert Graves (1796-1853) is internationally recognised as one of the pioneers of modern medical practice and clinical teaching. Dr Coakley examines Graves’ career and his contribution to medicine and medical education. The volume also contains the text of four of Graves’ lectures, including his lecture on clinical instruction, which gives his philosophy on bedside teaching and clinical practice.

Price: €10 + postage and packaging

Contact us

Harriet Wheelock

Keeper of Collections

Tel: +353 1 669 8817

Harriet is Keeper of Collection and manages the RCPI Heritage Centre. Contact Harriet with any questions about the Heritage Centre, its collection and to make an appointment to visit.