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Ophthalmological Numismatics
December 2000

A look at the past . . .

Arch Ophthalmol. 2000;118(12):1708. doi:10.1001/archopht.118.12.1708

Carl Ferdinand von Graefe, 1787-1840, was at age 24 years the youngest appointed professor of surgery, and the director of the surgical-ophthalmologic clinics at the University of Berlin. He is a founder of the field of modern plastic surgery and devised operations for blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty, and cleft palate. He was also the father of Albrecht von Graefe. The medal shown was engraved by C. K. Pfeuffer and struck by Loos for von Graefe's 42nd birthday in 1829. The obverse,Figure 1, depicts his bust facing left surrounded by an inscription. The reverse, Figure 2, depicts an inscription surrounded by an oak wreath.