If you’ve never stepped foot inside the landmark corner pile that is 30 Euston Square (right opposite Euston Station, same side of the street), this might just be the perfect excuse.
Fittingly for the headquarters of the Royal College of General Practitioners (the professional membership body and charity at the forefront of patient care), it’s home to a unique exhibition, which has just extended its run until the end of this month, January.
‘What Once Was Imagined’ is a display of pharmacopoeia – a unique blend of art and medicine – by GP Dr Liz Lee and textile artist Susie Freeman. Together their work explores several pertinent issues for general practice.
The exhibition includes 28 pieces of art – many being shown for the very first time – exploring topics including mental health, antimicrobial resistance, lifestyle medicine, chronic disease and contraception, to name a few.
The show explores new and unexpected challenges facing medicine, such as overdiagnosis, and questions like: ‘Are we simply prescribing too many pills?’
Most striking is a work called A Packet A Week, a pocked knitted dress containing 840 smoked cigarette ends, which equates to smoking a packet a week throughout a pregnancy.
Fascinating – and educational.