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Adolf Schwartz Medical Stamp Collection 1940-1990
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Biographical Note

Dr. Adolf W. Schwartz was born in 1928 in Hamburg, Germany. He earned his medical degree at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, in 1950, and later received a Master's Degree in Plastic Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He also earned his D.D.S. in the latter years of his medical career. He practiced plastic surgery in Bakersfield, California for over thirty years. Dr. Schwartz maintained a lifelong interest in the collection of medically-themed postage stamps, and was recognized as a top expert in the field. His publications in this area number close to one thousand, including 16 books on the subject. An experienced traveler, he visited 137 countries during his lifetime. Medical stamps from many of these countries are represented in the collection. Dr. Schwartz died in 2006.