Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: Ira Rezak

  • Mingling medicine and medals

    Ira RezakStony Brook, New York, United States When I was nine or ten, my grandfather gave me a Dutch two and a half guilder, which looked like a dollar but which I soon found out could not be spent in Brooklyn. After frustration came curiosity about the strange language, coat of arms, and denomination that…

  • Medicine and medals in 19th and 20th century France

    Ira Rezak   Sarah Elizabeth Freeman, in the course of introducing her catalog of medical medals in the collection of the Johns Hopkins Uni¬≠versity, quotes Warwick Wroth as saying (c 1892) that medals “are the mirrors which the men of the past delighted to hold up to every momentous event, or to every event which…