20 September 2010

Major Medical Breakthroughs…


medical breakthroughs

Date of Issue – 16 September 2010



Hi ! Here is a nice set of 6 stamps issued by  Royal Mail issued on 16 September featuring major medical breakthroughs of last 120 years. Royal mail also issued special stamp cards & Presentation Pack  with the stamps for the collectors. I received a special  speed post cover  with 8.9.10 date cancellation from Mr Ashwani Dubey. My thanks to Mr Dubey for this special cover. This is all for Today….Till Next Post…Have a Nice Time !!

Stamp cards

Stamp Cards


medical breakthroughs

1st Class – Heart-regulating beta-blockers synthesised by Sir James Black, 1962

Beta-blockers are used to treat several conditions, but are particularly useful in managing heart problems such as arrhythmia, and protecting the heart after heart attacks. Sir James Black synthesized Propranolol in 1962, the first beta-blocker, which revolutionised the medical management of hypertension and heart problems.

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8p – Antibiotic properties of penicillin discovered by Sir Alexander Fleming, 1928

Scottish scientist and Nobel laureate Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin almost by accident in 1928, after a mould called Penicillium notatum invaded one of his petri dishes while he was on holiday, attacking the staphylococci cultures he had been growing. This serendipitous observation began the modern era of antibiotic discovery.

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60p – Total hip replacement operation pioneered by Sir John Charnley, 1962

Sir John Charnley began his research into hip replacements in 1949 while practicing as an orthopaedic surgeon. After suffering many setbacks, Charnley finally performed the first successful hip replacement operation in 1962, which remains one of the world’s most successful surgical and radiological procedures to this day.

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67p – Artificial lens implant surgery pioneered by Sir Harold Ridley, 1949

Ridley first noticed that splinters of perspex from aircraft cockpit canopies did not trigger rejection while treating RAF pilots during World War Two. This led to him investigating the use of artificial lenses in the eye to correct cases of cataracts. He performed the first such operation in 1949, which was a complete success and has now saved the sight of tens of thousands.

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88p – Malaria parasite transmitted by mosquitoes proved by Sir Ronald Ross, 1897

Until 1897, the transmission of malaria was shrouded in mystery. It was then that Ronald Ross discovered the presence of the malarial parasite within a species of mosquito called the Anopheles. He then proved the hypothesis by feeding an uninfected mosquito on a malaria patient, thus proving once and for all that measures against mosquitoes needed to be taken in the tropics.

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97p – Computed tomography scanner invented by Sir Godfrey Hounsfield, 1971

While on an outing in the country, Hounsfield was struck with the idea that one could determine what was inside a box by taking X-ray readings from a number of angles. He then built a prototype head scanner, testing it first on a preserved human brain, then later on himself. Since then, the CAT scanner has become an invaluable tool to Doctors worldwide.

New Special Cover


75 years

Bank of Maharashtra – 16 September 2010

: Anil Gupta, Gorakhpur


Cover with special date 8.9.10

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