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Stamping Out Tropical Disease

Story by Salma Warshanna-Sparklin 
Photographs courtesy of the Institute of the History of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University

When Tony Golda was 8 or 9 years old, his father introduced him to stamp collecting. As an adult, he merged that passion with his early work in international health.

The result: 904 tropical disease related stamps from around the world. Roughly half are dedicated to malaria with the rest linked to 16 other tropical diseases, including exotics like Bartonellosis. They come from locales such as Iran, Swaziland, Yugoslavia and the Solomon Islands.

“Stamps can give good insight into the endemic nature of diseases that to this day contribute to shortened life expectancy,” says Golda, MPH ’73. “They tell the story of individuals and countries involved in the treatment and control of these diseases over the years.”

The full collection can be viewed in the Historical Collection of the Institute of the History of Medicine, located on the third floor of the Welch Library Building.


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