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The obverse of this bronze medal has a portrait bust to left and “HENRY JACOB BIGELOW 1818-1890.” The reverse has “BOSTON SURGICAL SOCIETY FOUNDED 1914” and “AWARDED TO / JOHN M. T. FINNEY / 1932 / FOR / CONTRIBUTIONS / TO THE / ADVANCEMENT OF / SURGERY.” John Miller Turpin Finney (1863-1942) was the chief surgical consultant for the Allied Expeditionary Forces in World War I. He was also a founder and the first president of the American College of Surgeons, and he operated at The Johns Hopkins University Hospital.
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Object Name
Other Terms
Medal; Commemorative & Association Items
associated dates
1810 01 01+ / 1810 01 01+, 1890 12 31- / 1890 12 31-
1932 01 01+ / 1932 01 01+, 1932 12 31- / 1932 12 31-
1914 01 01+ / 1914 01 01+, 1914 12 31- / 1914 12 31-
associated place
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
Physical Description
metal, bronze (overall material)
average spatial:.4 cm x 8 cm; x 3/16 in x 3 1/8 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of The Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of the State of Maryland
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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