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  • Writer's pictureDr Amir Monir


Have you ever wondered how many hours a pathologist spends looking into a microscope? Pathologists have a very important job to do, as they help diagnose and treat diseases and spend endless hours studying human tissue. Oftentimes, though their labours may seem solitary and unexciting, the images that appear before their eyes are simply amazing, particularly when the cells unintentionally form images and scenes that are as beautiful as any painting hanging in a gallery. These images only prove that cold medical science can engage with art in an original and magical way. Many of these visions once again beg the question: Does art imitate life, or does life imitate art?

Five such images, captured through the microscope of Maria Lambropoulou, Associate Professor of Histology-Embryology at the Democritus University of Thrace Medical School, are depicted in the commemorative stamp set “Science and art through the microscope” and reveal that the magic of art can be found everywhere. Even in the microscopic images that appear daily before her eyes and create inconceivable shapes and arrangements as they transform clinical medical science into art. And although these may be two incompatible concepts, the result of their interaction can be quite magnificent, particularly through a microscope.

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