Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Switzerland 2016
Marie Heim-Vögtlin

ISSUE DATE: 25 February 2016
STAMP SIZE: 28 × 33 mm
 STAMP DESIGN: Daniel Steffen

With this post stamp depicting Marie Heim-Vögtlin, Swiss Post is paying tribute to the first female Swiss doctor (1845–1916) on the hundredth anniversary of her death. The Aargau native was the first Swiss woman to study medicine at the University of Zurich and obtain a PhD. She continued her studies in Leipzig and Dresden to become the first gynaecologist in Europe and was the first female Swiss doctor to open her own practice. She was also the co-founder of the Zurich School of Nursing, the first hospital for women in Switzerland to be run by women.

Stamp images and description thanks to Swiss Post