History recognizes many names and ignores even more. As a result, a philatelic version of any aspect of the history of medicine cannot be totally comprehensive.
The omission of any event or individual's role in no way lessens the importance of the impact or contribution.
The traveling uroscopist set up a stand in a village.
Customers could take a matula home in its wicker basket and then bring it back filled.
The urological scholars of Middle Ages distinguished twenty different colors of urine; they observed the quantity, clarity, deposits, and density of the urine, and frequency of micturition.
Through the use of philatelic material I have attempted to provide some insights into many major milestones of the history of urology and also to introduce the individuals involved.
It is a journey through medical history from the antiquity to the present. July 2005 In the beginning, although the real significance of urine was poorly understood, it was soon suspected of being an important marker to an individual's state of health.
Physicians, uroscopists, traveling 'water doctors' and charlatans carried it out.
The uroscopist would pompously 'examine' (view and smell) the urine, then prescribe and sell medicines.
Next day or so, he moved on to a new territory before any results of his diagnosis and therapy became known.
All the stamps and philatelic material shown are from my collection. Thus abnormal changes in the appearance of the urine ultimately attracted the attention of man and eventually he associated it with bodily disease.
Deciding what to omit has been as difficult as deciding what to include. Uroscopy, also spoken of as water casting, was defined as the skill of making a diagnosis and prescribing therapy solely on the evidences afforded by looking at the urine (Fig. Water casting dates back to the earliest attempts of treating sick people.
Though the resulting picture does not necessarily present continuity, it does emphasize certain peaks and memorable events in the evolvement of urology. When uroscopy was at its peak, there were few other diagnostic methods known.
Inspection of the urine became more popular and spectacular, and more of an art than a science.