About Medical Philately
The Passion and The Website
Stamps of all nations offer a visual record of the progress of mankind. They portray the men and events which have contributed to the growth of civilization and the betterment of human life. As a physician interested in the history and art, I have developed a deep interest in stamps which record the history of medicine and related art. Over the years, I have searched widely for these stamps, researched the subjects portrayed, and organized a collection which traces the history of medicine and art from the dawn of civilization to the present. This website represents some highlights of that collection, which is huge and ever expanding.
To record the course of medical history through postage stamps has been a fascinating undertaking. The story begins with the first practitioner of the healing art, the individual human being in his struggle for self-preservation. It is taken up by the medicine man of primitive tribes, and continues with the rise and fall of the Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Arabian civilizations. Medical history struggled through the superstitions and mysticism which dominated the Middle Ages and then began to flourish during the Renaissance, when concern for man's life on earth, and the soundness of his body and spirit, a view reminiscent of ancient Greece — was reborn.
Scientific progress, the expansion of man's knowledge of disease and his ever-growing ability to alleviate suffering continued during the next four centuries. With each new discovery, the frontiers of knowledge were advanced, and today the legions of medical science are steadily attacking the remaining citadels of disease. There are more physicians and medical researchers alive and working toward the conquest of illness today than have lived in all the preceding recorded history of man. One can only speculate with delight about the stamps which will be issued in the next years as scientists solve some of the remaining mysteries of disease and discover new means to cure and prevent them.
I take great personal pride in being a member of the medical profession and I offer this website to the lovers of medical philately worldwide and to all the dedicated health profession personnels - past, present and future - whose efforts are devoted to the common cause of improving the quality of man's life.