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Ophthalmological Numismatics
October 13, 2008

Jean Fierens

Arch Ophthalmol. 2008;126(10):1468. doi:10.1001/archopht.126.10.1468

Little is known about Jean Fierens (1798-1868) except that he was in charge of a clinic or dispensary that treated soldiers in the Belgian army infected with trachoma. In volume 1 of the Annales d’Oculistique, he was noted to be the first to treat trachoma by cauterization of the upper eyelids. After initiating treatment, he placed the soldiers in private homes in the town of Biervelde for nursing care.

In Belgium in 1837, a lifetime commemorative medal by the artist François de Hondt was struck in bronze, 57 mm in diameter. The obverse depicts Fierens' clothed bust facing right; in the left field, a staff of Aesculapius; within the curve around: LE DOCTEUR JEAN ANT. JACQ. FIERENS. NÉ À ANVERS, 1798.; and below the truncation of the shoulder, the artist's name: F. DE HONDT. F.