Philately and the Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders

Robert M Parker
Med J Aust 2013; 198 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.10172
Published online: 20 May 2013

To the Editor: I was interested in the recent articles from the “Stamps of greatness” series, reprinted from past issues of the AMA Gazette, containing the memorialisation in stamps of famous historical leaders in medicine. Few readers would be likely to realise the association between the hobby of philately (the study and collection of postage stamps) itself and the development of the Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM) classification of psychiatric illness.1

  • Robert M Parker

  • James Cook University, Townsville, QLD.


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