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Jozef Dietl (Poland)

The stamp

This stamp shows Jozef Dietl and was issued in Poland in 1957. It is one of a series of famous Polish doctors.

The doctor

Jozef Dietl was born in Podbuze, Poland on 24 January 1804. He studied medicine in Lviv and Vienna, becoming a Professor of Jagiellonian University in Krakow, where was elected as its rector in 1861.

He subsequently became Mayor of Krakow between 1866 and 1874. He died in 1878.

He was a pioneer of balneotherapy (the presumed science of treating disease by bathing, a traditional medicine technique usually practiced at spas).

The urology connections

Dietl described the symptom of loin pain after drinking a fluid load which we now recognise as being associated with congenital pelviureteric junction (PUJ) obstruction. 

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