The RSM organises a number of exhibitions each year which are open to the public and take place in the Library.
Marcel Proust and the Medicine of the Belle Époque
Monday 12th November 2018 – Saturday 26th January 2019.
The novelist and essayist Marcel Proust was the author of possibly the greatest work of twentieth-century fiction, A la Recherche du Temps Perdu (In Search of Lost Time), a work that fairly bristles with medical references, metaphors, and doctors who possess varying degrees of ability. Proust’s life (1871-1922) spans almost the whole of the Belle Époque period (1870-1914), a time when profound new scientific and philosophical theories were challenging the very foundations and forcing a re-appraisal of human knowledge, theories and exploration the like of which had never been seen before.
The exhibition is drawn from the collection of the RSM Library and includes works by members of Proust’s family (his father and brother were both distinguished doctors) and by some of the leading French physicians of the day many of whom are depicted in fictional guise throughout A la Recherche du Temps Perdu.
Click here to download your entrance ticket to the exhibition. Please bring this ticket along with you upon your visit.
Admission free. Open to all.
Exhibition opening hours
|Monday - Thursday||9am - 9pm|
|Friday||9am - 5.30pm|
|Saturday||10am - 4.30pm|
Entrance to the exhibitions is free.
Take a look at past exhibitions held at the RSM Library.
Each month, the RSM Library archives feature a particular highlight from the current exhibition, giving a fascinating insight into the history of the piece.
The Royal Society of Medicine
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T: +44 (0) 20 7290 2940 / 2941
Monday - Thursday
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