Special Stamps under the Microscope -- Royal Mail Issues Medical Breakthroughs Stamps Set

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Stamp collecting is getting medical with the latest set of Special stamps launched today by Royal Mail.

Stamp collecting is getting medical with the latest set of Special stamps launched today by Royal Mail. Royal Mail's latest set of Special stamps called Medical Breakthroughs feature the pioneering UK breakthroughs in medicine and surgery that have saved the lives and improved the health of millions of people across the world.

The Medical Breakthroughs Special stamps mark some of the most important medical discoveries that have taken place in the UK since the late 19th Century.

Stamp collectors will see the achievements celebrated on six Special Stamps, including the pioneering work of Sir Ronald Ross in 1897. Ross' work was pivotal in the development of today's anti-malarial drugs which help to reduce millions of deaths around the world each year.

Other stamps recognise heart-regulating beta-blockers and the antibiotic properties of penicillin. Also celebrated is the computed tomography (CT) scanner. Further groundbreaking UK medical breakthroughs featured on the stamps include innovations relating to hip replacement surgery and the pioneering of artificial lens implants.

Philip Parker, Royal Mail Special Stamps Spokesperson said: "The UK's physicians and scientists can rightly take credit for the discovery and application of a tremendous number of medical breakthroughs from beta-blockers to the CT scanner.

"This striking set of stamps highlights six of the outstanding contributions made to modern day science which continue to transform the sight, mobility and health of millions of people today."

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