Issue Date: 16/09/2010
Issue Name: Medical Breakthroughs
Producer: Buckingham Covers
The stamps in this issue celebrate medical triumphs of the last hundred years from the discovery of antibiotics to brain scans. The cover symbolises the rising dawn of knowledge which saves so many lives everyday. The back of the cover explains the selected six major developments on the stamps. This wonderful cover features all six stamps in the issue and is postmarked London SW7, home of Imperial College, where so much research work is undertaken.
These stamps recognise six of the major medical breakthroughs of the century.
1st class stamp - Heart regulating beta blockers invented by Sir James Black in 1962
58 pence stamp - The first antibiotic medicine, discovered by Sr Alexander Fleming in 1928
60 pence stamp - Shows the first hip replacement operation pioneered by Sir John Charnley in 1962
67 pence stamp - Shows artificial lens implant surgery pioneered by Sir Harold Ridley in 1949
88 pence stamp - Shows the discovery that the Malaria parisite is transmitted by mosquitoes, proved by Sir Ronald Ross 1897
97 pence stamp - Shows the computed tomography scanner invented by Sir Godfrey Hounsfield in 1971
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The Right Honourable Lord Darzi of Denham KBE PC FMedSci HonFREng FRCS FRCSI FRCSEd FRCPSG FACS FCGI MD FRCPE, the cancer specialist who pioneered keyhole surgery.
George Richard Chamberlain is an American stage and screen actor and singer, who became a teen idol in the title role of the television show Dr. Kildare.