Henri Dor, 1834-1912, was originally from Switzerland, where he taught ophthalmology at the University of Bern. He then moved to Lyons, France, where he practiced until his death. He was a founder of the French Ophthalmological Society and of the journal Revue Generale D'ophtalmologie.
This medallion was struck in 1911 by the artist R. Aube, in honor of Dor's 76th birthday. The obverse (Figure 1) depicts Dor's bust facing left; the reverse (Figure 2), a nearly nude woman with a diadem sitting in a chair to the left. Behind her is another woman, the personification of science, also facing left and sweeping clouds from the blazing sun with her right hand. The inscription below, "La Science Repousse les Tenebres," translates to "Science Repells Darkness."
A look at the past . . .. Arch Ophthalmol. 2000;118(5):710. doi:10.1001/archopht.118.5.710