Lexicon:College of Surgeons

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Term: College of Surgeons
References: Blue at the Mizzen, page 183
Meaning: In 1540, Henry VIII united the surgeons and barbers to form the Company of Barber-Surgeons. By the 18th century, through the development of an academic basis for surgical practice, the numbers and importance of surgeons increased and in 1745, the surgeons broke away from the barbers to form a separate Company of Surgeons with its own hall close to the Old Bailey and Newgate Prison. In 1800, the Company of Surgeons was granted a Royal Charter to become The Royal College of Surgeons in London, later of England.

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Maturin's Medicine — This article is based on information from Maturin's Medicine, compiled and edited by Kerry Webb, with the help of a number of contributors.

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