Joseph George Beer, 1763-1821, became the first professor of ophthalmology at the University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria, in 1816, as well as the first chair of an independent academic ophthalmology department anywhere in the world. His department was the most famous ophthalmological school of the 19th century. Beer devised the iridectomy and was the first to describe acute glaucoma.
This medal was struck in his memory after his death in 1821. It was engraved by J. Theuring and issued in tin. The obverse (Figure 1) depicts Beer's bust facing ahead and slightly right; the reverse (Figure 2), a 10-line inscription.
A look at the past . . .. Arch Ophthalmol. 2000;118(7):928. doi:10-1001/pubs.Ophthalmol.-ISSN-0003-9950-118-7-enu0160