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October 19, 1970

Medicine and Stamps

Author Affiliations

Northwestern University Chicago

JAMA. 1970;214(3):602. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03180030118044

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The late John A. Mirt had an excellent idea—he staged a postage stamp exhibit "Medical Pathfinders on Stamps"; and he followed this with biographical vignettes, with reproductions of the stamps themselves, which were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Many of the original vignettes have been rewritten and revised by the present editors, plus new articles which were specially prepared for this volume.

The stamps are listed alphabetically but are also catalogued according to country and specialty. France leads with 24 stamps, followed by Austria with 13, Belgium 8, and United States with 6.

This is a delightful, small volume and the American Medical Association is to be congratulated, especially Dr. George Fite, for whom this was evidently a labor of love. The price is right and this little volume of medical and paramedical men and women who appear on postage stamps is recommended for all physicians.