Johns Hopkins hospital notables portrayed on philatelic material

Federica Guaraldi, Davide Gori, Ralph Hruban, Patrizio Caturegli

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The philatelic medium is an extensive repository of the portraits of doctors of many nations. Using an electronic matching system to identify links between the lists of alumni and faculties register of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and that of three stamp catalogues, 14 notable persons have been identified in the philatelic record. The Johns Hopkins Hospital was established in Baltimore in 1889 and instituted the revolutionary concept of combining patient care with research and teaching. Its founder Johns Hopkins (1795-1873) and 13 among alumni and faculties have been portrayed on postage stamps and first day covers of USA, Canada, Antigua, Barbuda, Palau, Maldives, Canada and Sweden. Five of them - du Vigneaud (1901-78), Smith (b. 1931), Nathans (1928-99), Hubel (b. 1926) and Wiesel (b. 1924) - were awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology. By means of the philatelic medium, portraits of Hopkins scientists and doctors, including Sir William Osler (1849-1919) and Dr Virgina Apgar (1909-74), are distributed in their many tens of thousands on envelopes sent not only to recipients in the USA but to the wider world.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-167
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Medical Biography
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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