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Catch your breath

  • Where:
    Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place The Regent's Park, London, NW1 4LE
  • When:
    2 April to 20 September
    9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Every:
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    Next On:
    August 22nd 2019 at 9:00am
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  • Contact:
    020 3075 1543
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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, breathlessness and life itself.

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