5e Congrès de l'Association européenne d'Urologie, à Vienne.
The 5th Congress of the European Association of Urology took place in Vienna from May 12 - 15, 1982. On this occasion the Austrian Postal and Telecommunications Administration issued the present stamp showing a "urine inspection". It is a reproduction from a manuscript kept at the library of the University of Bologna. This manuscript is a magnificent codex of Avicenna, the "Canon medicinae" in Hebrew, created in Salerno in the 15th century. The stamp only shows a detail from the upper third of a highly elaborate page. Urine inspections were a popular subject of book illustrations in the Middle Ages. This is probably not only due to the fact that it was the second most important diagnostic measure (after pulse taking), but also because it offered the artists the opportunity to prove their skills in depicting action. The stamp shows a doctor holding a urinal glass for a sample in his left hand.
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