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William Beaumont (1785-1853)

Beaumont's work stood alone for many years as America's greatest contribution to physiology. His studies of gastric physiology, and the story of the subject he used (Alexis St. Martin) are now medical classics. This medal was struck in honor of the XIII International Physiological Congress in Boston, 1929. A bronze medal (51 mm) by J. Maxwell Miller for the Medallic Art Company.

of Beaumont medal]

Uniformed bust left; on truncation, J Mx Miller in incuse script; in a curve along edge at left, and right, .WILLIAM.BEAVMONT .. A . D . 1785-1853 .

Reverse - Two nude men, a youth and the left, and an older man at right, standing on a segment of a sphere representing the earth, and holding up between them a flaming torch from which rays extend into the field; below, clouds; in field, below base of torch, XIII / INTERNATIONAL / PHYSIOLOGICAL / CONGRESS / BOSTON / 1929 in six parallel lines.

References: Storer, p.1130 [6331b], Freeman, p.356 [764] Image from Freeman, Plate XXIX [764]

Additional references:

Appel TA
The medal: William Beaumont.
Fed Proc. 1985 Jan;44(1 Pt 1):1.

Gemmill CL
Medical numismatic notes XI: commemorative medals issued 
at the international physiological congresses.
Bull N Y Acad Med. 1973 Jun;49(6):556-66.

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