Medicine: Matas Medal

Top surgical salute in the U. S. is Boston Surgical Society's Bigelow Medal, an honor for achievement in general surgery, which in 1926 went to New Orleans' grand old Surgeon Rudolph Matas for the operative treatment of aneurisms (TIME, Nov. 15, 1926). Last week Dr. Matas, 73, found himself presenting a similar gold medal for similar accomplishment.

The medal bore his own plump-cheeked, spectacled features in relief. Present, too, were the four asterisks which Dr. Matas inserts at the end of every topic in his medical writings to indicate that the topical "cow has been milked dry." Donor of the Matas Medal...

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