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Obstetrics and Gynecology on Postage Stamps: A Philatelic Study
  • TURKAN GURSU,
  • Alper Eraslan
TURKAN GURSU
SBU Zeynep Kamil Maternity and Pediatric Research and Training Hospital, Istanbul, TURKEY
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Alper Eraslan
Dunya IVF, Kyrenia, Cyprus
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Abstract

Objective:We tried to provide an overview of philatelic materials related to Gynecology and Obstetrics. Design:Sample philatelic materials including stamps, first day covers and stamped postcards, all related to obstetrics and gynecology, from the senior author’s personal archive were grouped according to their titles and evaluated in detail. Setting:We examine how stamp designers use visual imagery to convey information to those who see, collect, and use stamps. Method:Sample philatelic materials, related to obstetrics and gynecology, were grouped according to their titles and evaluated in detail. Main outcome measures:Stamps dedicated to the Obstetrics and Gynecology are usually printed in order to (a)pay tribute to the pioneers of Obstetrics and Gynecology, (b)commemorate important Obstetrics and Gynecology Facilities&Hospitals, (c)announce solid improvements and innovations in the field or (d)memorialize important meetings. Results:The initial use of postage stamps was solely to pay the fare of a postal service. Later on it was discovered that by using stamps it was possible to distribute ideas and news among people and also to inform them about developments, inventions, achievements and historical facts. Collecting Gynecology related philatelic materials is a very specialized branch of medical philately. In general, the subjects of the stamps dedicated to Obstetrics and Gynecology are, pioneers of Obstetrics and Gynecology, important Obstetrics and Gynecology Facilities&Hospitals, solid improvements and innovations in the field and important meetings. Conclusion:Even though use of postage stamps is decreasing, they are still among the best mediums to convey messages to broad audience. Funding:None. Keywords:Commemoration, First Day Covers, Philately, Pionee