Catch your breath

Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrew’s Place, Regent’s Park, London
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This event ended on Monday 30th of September 2019
Admission

Free

Venue Information

Royal College Of Physicians
St Andrew's Place, NW1 4LE

Nearest Stations

Great Portland Street 0.14 miles

Website

https://history.rcplondon.ac.uk/event/catch-your-breath

Breathing is so much more than simply biology. From babies’ first cries to our final dying gasps, breath is our constant companion on the journey through life.

This new exhibition draws on art, philosophy, anthropology, medicine, history and literature to demonstrate the unique role of respiration in human life and culture.

From an Italian Renaissance Bible to a Victorian edition of Charles Dickens’ classic novel ‘Bleak House’. An 18th century medicine jar that once contained ‘dried fox lungs’ to a 21st century cyclist’s breathing masks. From a pipe of peace to an advertisement for ‘asthma cigarettes’. The incredibly diverse objects on show relate how breath can contain profound social and spiritual meaning, as well as being a marker of both health and illness.

Occasionally harrowing, often hopeful, never less than intriguing and frequently inspiring ‘Catch your breath’ reflects on the ways in which we experience breathing and breathlessness, how doctors have diagnosed and treated the diseases which cause distress, and how artists and writers have sought to capture this most fundamental of human actions.

The exhibition is accompanied by a programme of events and late openings for more details visit the website.

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