The 300-plus year-old Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE) building is home to a Scottish professional organisation that now has 10,000 fellows, members, associates and affiliates in 86 countries covering 55 medical specialties. The College, which works actively to uphold and maintain high high standards in the medical profession, has regular webstreamed lectures and events from its modern conference centre.
Among the occasional public events that you can enjoy in the historic New Town building are a handful of Fringe shows during August.
Background to the College
Robert Sibbald and a group of Edinburgh physicians founded the College in 1681 after successfully petitioning King Charles II to grant their group a Royal Charter. The aim of the College has always been "to promote the highest standards in internal medicine" which meant both advancing medicine as a reputable science and alleviating the miseries of the poor and ill. The College has aimed to maintain political and professional independence. It was instrumental in the founding the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh in 1729 and over the years has guided medical policy at home and abroad.
The College Library, established in 1682, was the first in Scotland specifically intended for the study of medicine.