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Ophthalmological Numismatics
November 2000

A look at the past . . .

Arch Ophthalmol. 2000;118(11):1589. doi:10.1001/archopht.118.11.1589

Albrecht von Graefe, 1829-1870, the renowned ophthalmologist of Berlin and son of Carl F. von Graefe, is honored by the Ophthalmological Society of Heidelberg by being portrayed on its award medal, which is presented every 10 years. This, the first piece that was awarded in 1886, was presented to von Helmholtz. Von Graefe was among the first to use the newly invented ophthalmoscope of von Helmholtz. He announced a cure for acute glaucoma by surgical iridectomy and improved techniques for cataract and strabismus surgery. He is also the founder of the journal Archiv Fur Ophthalmologie. This medal was engraved by E. Weigang and F. Hartzer. The obverse (Figure 1) depicts von Graefe's bust facing right surrounded by an inscription. The reverse (Figure 2) depicts an inscription surrounded by a wreath with an inscription above. The original prize medal is struck in gold. Bronze copies were also made.

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