Cheselden medal

Contributed by Anjan Banerjee

The Cheselden Medal ( named after a famous 17th century St Thomas's Hospital surgeon) is a prize for medicine - awarded every few years. I received this in 1985. There is an identical medal displayed in the British Museum. It is a crafted medal by William Wyon, one of Britain's great engravers, showing the transition of medicine from the pre-anaesthetic, anti-septic era into modern surgery. It is an object of great interest as it marks the transition of art and science, and ancient and modern medicine

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